A day-long bombing campaign on Monday by extremists in Mexico claimed the lives of five people and injured 19.
GV PAN EXTERIOR Ministry of Works building with shattered windows
LV Men clearing broken glass
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CU TRACK OUT FROM Wrecked typewriter TO damaged offices
LV Other wrecked offices with broken masonry (3 shots)
CU Bloodstains on exposed brickwork
SV Armed soldier on guard
CU ZOOM OUT Workmen clearing debris
LV AND CU Debris around the Credit Bank (3 shots)
LV AND CU Shattered windows of Mexican Commerce Bank with business being conducted inside (3 shots)
LV AND SV Damaged windows of the Commerce Bank with business being conducted (3 shots)
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Background: A day-long bombing campaign on Monday by extremists in Mexico claimed the lives of five people and injured 19. Altogether, at least 14 bombs went off in Mexico City and two provincial cities.
All the recorded casualties occurred in San Luis Potosi, a state capital, 220 miles (350 kilometres) north-west of Mexico City. Five bombs went off there and, as elsewhere, the main targets were government buildings and banks. Damage was extensive.
It was the third wave of urban bombings in as many months. The police have blamed communist guerrillas and, in San Luis Potosi, all known members of left-wing parties were rounded up.
Road-blocks were set up and the city partially evacuated to prevent more bombs being planted.
Five bombs went off in Mexico City, and another four in the eastern city of Oaxaca. All were home-made devices using dynamite.
Police say they found leaflets at the scenes of the Oaxaca blasts identifying the bombers as members of the communist September 23 League. They are an urban guerrilla group who take their name from a notorious gun battle 10 years ago between troops and guerrillas.