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Gunmen in Mexico attack ambulance

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Gunmen tossed a grenade at an ambulance and then opened its doors to kill a patient who had narrowly survived an earlier shooting, as paramedics ran for their lives early Friday. Vehicles carrying four masked gunmen cut off the ambulance around 2 a.m. as it was carrying the 23-year-old man to a hospital in Morelia, the state capital, according to a report from the Michoacan state prosecutor’s office.

Assailants tossed a fragmentation grenade at the ambulance, setting it on fire, and the two paramedics ran away, according to the police report. Then they opened the back doors and fired on the man and his wife, who was accompanying him.

The 20-year-old woman was listed in serious condition at a local hospital.

No arrests have been made, the state prosecutor’s office said.

The state prosecutor’s office said the victim had been taken to a local hospital by his family on Sunday night after being wounded in a shootout between rival gangs in Uruapan, a center of Mexico’s avocado industry.

He was being transferred to a better-equipped hospital in the state capital.

Another man, also wounded in the Uruapan confrontation remains hospitalized in Uruapan and is being guarded by city police, officials said.

Uruapan, a city of some 240,000 people, has been hard hit by drug violence that has killed more than 10,800 people nationwide since 2006. The mayor is among seven detained mayors charged Thursday with protecting members of La Familia drug cartel.

Gunmen a week ago tossed a grenade and opened fire on a crowded taco stand, killing a 15-year-old employee and a police officer who was eating there.

In one of the most gruesome acts, assailants in 2006 entered a city bar and dumped five human heads on a dance floor.

Michoacan, President Felipe Calderon’s home state, has been at the center of his nationwide crackdown on organized crime. Calderon has sent thousands of soldiers to the state since taking office in 2006. Since then, gangs under pressure have unleashed unprecedented killings, attacking police, soldiers and rival smugglers.

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