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Nuevo Laredo: 140 Inmates Escape from Mexican Prison

About 140 inmates have escaped from a prison in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico Friday in the most significant Mexican prison break since President Felipe Calderon began his crackdown on drug trafficking four years ago.

The northern Mexico town is located across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Reuters reported that inmates exited through the main vehicle entrance of the prison. The country’s federal interior department is pointing the finger at local authorities for not providing adequate security of the facility.

Later in the day Friday, an SUV exploded outside a police station on the outskirts of the wealthy business hub Monterrey. Authorities have not yet commented on whether the two incidents may be linked.

The blast injured two people and knocked out power in the small town of Zuazua, a major battlezone in the war between drug gangs and police.

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