Image: A policeman walks among bullet-riddled patrol trucks after an attack at a police station in the town of Los Ramones
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A policeman walks among bullet-riddled patrol trucks after an attack at a police station in the town of Los Ramones, some 43 miles from Monterrey, Mexico.
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updated 10/27/2010 12:57:37 PM ET 2010-10-27T16:57:37

The entire police force of a small northern Mexican town quit after gunmen attacked their recently inaugurated headquarters, according to local reports on Wednesday.

Los Ramones Mayor Santos Salinas said nobody was injured in Monday night's attack, during which gunmen fired more than 1,000 bullets at the building's facade, according to Noroeste newspaper's website. Six grenades, of which three detonated, were also flung at the building, the newspaper reported.

"Fortunately, those who were inside the building threw themselves on the ground and nobody was hurt," Salinas told the newspaper.

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All 14 members of the force reportedly resigned Tuesday. Nobody answered the phones at Salinas' offices, according to The Associated Press.

The new police headquarters had been inaugurated three days earlier.

Los Ramones is in Nuevo Leon, a state torn by fighting between the Gulf and Zetas drug gangs. Police stations in small northeastern Mexican towns are frequently attacked, and several mayors have been assassinated.

Mexico's ill-equipped municipal forces often quit after cartel attacks. President Felipe Calderon has proposed eliminating Mexico's municipal forces and replacing them with one force per state.

According to Salinas, at 9:30 p.m. on Monday unknown assailants arrived at the police station and launched a 20-minute attack, Noroeste reported. Police backup arrived shortly after.

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While the mayor had not received threats leading up to the attack, police earlier noticed suspicious men driving luxury pickups in the area, the newspaper reported. Fearing a strike, policemen lined up their patrol cars in front of the building in order to create a barricade, the newspaper added.

It was the second attack in less than a week against police installations in the state of Nuevo Leon. On Oct. 19, two grenades were thrown at a police shelter in the town of Sabinas Hidalgo, Noroeste reported.

The Associated Press reported.

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    >>> south of the border no one else wanted, the police chief of a mexican border town where drug wars are raging. you'd never guess who just stepped up to accept the position. here's nbc's mark potter .

    >> reporter: a twenty-year-old college student and mother might be the bravest woman in mexico these days or as some worry the moos fool hardy. in a violent region overrun by drug traffickers she has agreed to become the police chief of a tiny town . in a news conference, she said, i accepted because i like the project. i want to cooperate. i want to live with my people, my family, my community. but the town mayor sitting by her side said it was a job no one else wanted. it is just down the road from wjuarez juarez, mexico from el paso texas and considered the most dangerous city in the world because of all the murders there. 280 last year alone.

    >> most people by now have witnessed a killing and execution, body found in alley or ditch or street. i think they're traumatized.

    >> reporter: other villages nearby have become ghost towns , residents pushed out by traffickers. this woman says she is too young and inexperienced to be police chief but she says she won't be intimidated and wants her son to grow up in a safe town. she also says she won't fight drug trafficking , leaving that to other authorities and instead, will consecrated on crime prevention in a region where crime is out of control. for today, mark

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  2. Inside the car where Marisela Granados de Molinar was killed on Dec. 3 alongside her boss, Jesus Martin Huerta Hiedra, a deputy prosecutor in the Mexican city of Juarez. (Shaul Schwarz / Reportage by Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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