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Mexican Police Detain Man With Homemade Bombs Near U.S. Embassy The Associated Press Published: Jun 22, 2001
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican man armed with 20 homemade gasoline bombs was arrested before he could throw them at the U.S. Embassy on Friday, police said. Marco Fabio Flores Licea, 26, was carrying 18 glass bottles and two plastic bottles filled with gasoline and equipped with cloth fuses when he was intercepted, said Misael Mora, a spokesman for Mexico City's attorney general's office.
The state-run news agency Notimex reported that Flores was Cuban, but Mora said he was Mexican. He said police had not yet determined a motive. Notimex quoted a Mexico City Police spokesman as saying that Flores was protesting "Yankee imperialism."
Flores ran when police intercepted him as he was about to throw the bombs, but was caught moments later at Mexico's Independence Monument, about 50 yards away from the Embassy.
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Josie Shumake said she had received a report Friday afternoon that someone had been detained in front of the Embassy for carrying suspicious materials, but said she had not received any further information.
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