Mexican police catch man who planted `whisky bomb`

Manuel Mendez allegedly left a box having a bottle of whisky and explosives.

Acapulco: A drug trafficker who planted a "whisky bomb" intended for a police commander has been arrested, Mexico`s federal police said on Sunday.

Police said suspect Manuel Mendez allegedly left a box containing a bottle of whisky and 11 pounds (5 kilograms) of explosives outside a store in the western Mexico state of Jalisco in September.

Mendez`s "Resistencia" cartel than sent out word that the whisky was a gift for a local police commander who had purportedly interfered with the cartel`s operations.

The box contained a remote-controlled electronic device to trigger the explosives. It was found by police and deactivated before it exploded.

Police said Mendez, whose nickname is "Kerosene”, was arrested in a suburb of Mexico City. They said the "Resistencia" cartel largely operates in Jalisco.

Mexican cartels have increasingly turned to car bombs and explosives in making attacks on police.

Also on Sunday, two men were found shot to death in a town west of the resort of Acapulco in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero. Both victims had their right index fingers cut off, a practice frequently used by cartels to punish alleged informers.

In Acapulco itself, a state police commander was found shot to death in his vehicle. The body showed signs of torture, the Guerrero state police reported.

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