Mexican Military Helicopter gunship fires on U.S. Border Patrol from the air on U.S. soil
By Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter
The U.S. Border Fire Report has learned from both Mexican and U.S. sources that one or more Mexican military helicopters crossed into the United States early Thursday morning, firing on U.S. Border Patrol while they were patrolling the Mexican U.S. Border. Immediately after the air attack the chopper flew back into the safety of Mexico.
We've received two statements regarding the incident from the U.S. Border Patrol:
Early this morning, a Mexican law enforcement helicopter crossed approximately 100 yards north into Arizona nearly 8 miles southwest of the Village of San Miguel on the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation while on a drug interdiction operation near the border. Two shots were fired from the helicopter but no injuries or damage to US property was reported. The incident is currently under investigation.
U.S. Border Patrol Spokesperson Andy Adame issued a similar statement and said the incident is under investigation.
"The incident occurred after midnight and before 6 a.m. the Mexican military Helicopter flew into U.S. air pace then fired on two U.S. Border Patrol agents just missing their marked patrol vehicle.
The international incident reportedly occurred west of the San Miguel Gate on The Tohono O'odham Indian Nation, a known major drug smuggling corridor, where drug and human smuggling by the Mexican Army is suspected by U.S. authorities.
According to past articles in the U.S. Border Fire Report and now a recent story in the Washington Times, armed Mexican soldiers regularly cross over into the United States, which prompt stand offs and altercations with U.S. Border Patrol agents.
According to Homeland Security numbers, there have been 300 incursions by Armed Mexican police or Mexican Army troops since Jan. 1, 2004. There was a verbal or physical altercation between U.S. authorities and the Mexicans in 81 instances — totaling 320 Mexican police or troops.
Despite those regular occurrences, the use of force in this case against U.S. Border Patrol agents is highly concerning. An immediate explanation is in order from the Mexican government.
Meanwhile, Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is still rotting in a Mexican jail.
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