August 25, 2012

Mexican federales were facing questioning Friday after authorities accused them of opening fire on a U.S. diplomatic vehicle south of the capital.

Two U.S. Embassy employees — described by a senior U.S. government official as U.S. citizens — were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening wounds; a member of the Mexican Navy who was with them in the late-model Toyota Land Cruiser suffered light bruises, according to the Navy, which issued a statement giving the following account of events:

The incident unfolded at 8 a.m., as the two embassy employees and the Mexican en route to a military facility in the municipality of Xalatlaco. Some 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) earlier, they had left the main highway that connects Mexico City with Cuernavaca, near the town of Tres Marias, a thinly populated area off the main road.

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