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Grenade attack in Mexico kills 1, wounds 3
Gunmen chased by police toss grenade on street in Mexico's Veracruz state; 1 killed, 3 wounded
By The Associated Press

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) ' A grenade tossed onto a busy tourist boulevard in the Gulf coast city of Veracruz killed one man and seriously wounded a woman and her two young daughters, authorities said Monday.

The office of Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte said the victims were Mexican tourists from another city, but did not specify their hometowns.

The mother, 38, and her daughters ' one 5 and the other only a few months old ' were in intensive care. The state Public Health Department said the woman suffered "damage to vital organs" and the two girls needed surgery.

They were felled by an explosion that shattered the calm of a Sunday outing on a thoroughfare leading to the city's beach. The boulevard is lined with restaurants and shops selling beach wear and was crowded with strollers.

The government statement said gunmen fleeing police tossed the grenade from their car, apparently to stop police from pursuing them, a tactic that has been documented in the past by Mexico's drug gangs.

The National Human Rights Commission said Monday that it is launching an investigation into the attack as part of its role in defending victims' rights.

Mexico's drug gangs sometimes use hand grenades to attack police and civilians, and such gangs have been active in Veracruz.

Also in Veracruz, the navy reported Sunday that six of its personnel appeared to have been kidnapped by drug gangs.

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