U.s.-made grenades

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

There have also been more than 72 grenade attacks in Mex­ico in the past year, in­clud­ing spec­tac­u­lar as­saults on po­lice con­voys and pub­lic of­fi­cials. Most of those grenades ap­pear to be ones that were made in the United States and given to Cen­tral Amer­i­can armies dur­ing the Cold War.

Sent a gen­er­a­tion ago to bat­tle com­mu­nist fight­ers in the jun­gles of Cen­tral Amer­ica, U.S. grenades are be­ing di­verted from dusty old ar­mories and sold to gangs.

The ma­jor­ity of grenades in Mex­ico have been traced back to El Sal­vador, Gu­atemala, Hon­duras and Nicaragua, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the U.S. Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives and their Mex­i­can coun­ter­parts. Al­most 90 per­cent of

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