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Truck crashes into Tijuana airport terminal

/ Source: The Associated Press

Gunmen chased a pickup truck into Tijuana's international airport on Wednesday, firing at and killing the driver, whose vehicle crashed through the windows of the terminal and came to rest near a security check point.

Two women riding with the victim were wounded and the airport's operations were briefly interrupted, the Baja California state attorney general's office reported. The shooting occurred in the early morning when few people were at the terminal.

The gunmen fired into the pickup as it lay inside the airport lobby to make sure the driver was dead. They fled in another vehicle. Police said the driver had called an emergency number earlier to say he was being chased, but the call cut off. No arrests have been announced.

There was no immediate information on a motive in the attack, but Tijuana has been plagued in recent months by a spate of shootouts and killings of police, apparently involving gangs and drug traffickers.

Also Wednesday, the attorney general's office reported that the unidentified bodies of three men — two of whom had their hands bound and showed signs of torture — were found dumped in a vacant lot in Playas de Rosarito, near Tijuana.

It was the same spot where the bullet-riddled bodies of a Tijuana police official and another man were found in early January.

Local police in Playas de Rosarito, a city of 130,000, were forced to surrender their weapons last month for testing to determine links to any crimes. Armed state and federal agents are patrolling the city.