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Explosive device detonated outside Mexican bishops’ offices

An explosive device was detonated outside the offices of the Mexican bishops’ conference, directly across the street from the country’s most visited religious site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

A statement from Armando Cavazos, bishops’ conference media director, said an explosion occurred on 25th July at around 1.50 am outside the main entrance to its offices in northern Mexico City.

The type of device used remained unknown, and detectives were investigating the explosion, the statement said. Motives for the detonation were unclear.

‘It appears this is not the first case that has occurred in this area of CDMX,’ the statement said, using Mexico City’s abbreviation.

The bishops’ offices occupy a busy strip across the street from the sanctuary of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The area is swarmed by pilgrims and tourists during the daytime and is transited by commuters in rush hour.

Bishop Ramon Castro Castro of Cuernavaca released the first images of the detonation via Twitter early on 25th July.

Picture: The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is seen on 10th December 2016. An explosive device was detonated outside the offices of the Mexican bishops’ conference, which sits directly across the street from the country’s most visited religious site. (CNS photo/Sashenka Gutierrez, EPA).