Saturday, June 28, 2014

United States: Mexican Government Helicopter Fires Upon US Border Patrol Agents in Arizona

According to The Latin American Tribune, an unidentified Mexican government helicopter reportedly fired upon US Border Patrol agents from the air some eight miles south of the Arizona town of San Miguel on Thursday (June 27), although no one was reportedly injured.

According to the Customs and Border Protection Service, a component of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the unprovoked attack from the air is under investigation.

The shooting occurred at 0545 hours over the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation.

COMMENT: At a time when US Border Patrol agents are subject to armed attack at any time, the Ministry of Defense's verbal notification can only be described as complacent, non-responsive and a lack of a sense of urgency on the part of the Mexican government.

Mexican officials contacted their US counterparts to apologize for the incident, the leader of the Tucson Sector unit of the Border Patrol agents union, Art Del Cueto, said.
Despite the shooting upon US Border Patrol agents, México's Milenio television station denied any incursion into US airspace.

The press office at México's Ministry of Defense said it was working to gather information on the armed attack before issuing a statement.