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Mexican authorities announce three arrests in grenade attack

September 27, 2008 |  8:51 am

The Mexican attorney general's office announced Friday afternoon that it has arrested three men in connection with the two grenade explosions in Morelia, Michoacan, last week that killed 8 people and left more than a hundred injured.

According to a statement from Asst. Atty. Gen. Maricela Morales Ibañez this afternoon, the suspects were arrested in the town of Apatzingan, Michoacan, after an anonymous tip.

Authorities said Julio César Mondragón Morales, Juan Carlos Castro Galeana and Alfredo Rosas Elisea had confessed to having detonated the grenades during Independence Day festivities on Sept. 15. Officials identified the men as members of a brutal drug gang known as the Zetas.

El Universal, reporting from the press conference where the statement was made, said one of the detainees,
Rosas Elisea, appeared to have been beaten.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City