Albury woman linked to Mexican bombings

Albury woman linked to Mexican bombings

Mexican authorities were seeking an Australian citizen in connection with orchestrated bombings, Mexican media reported.AN Albury woman has been linked to bombings carried out by a Mexican anarchist group.

Mexican media reported that Felicity Ann Ryder had been arrested in Mexico City along with a man suspected of planning three bombings.

The alleged bombings occurred in two separate boroughs of Mexico City on June 27.

Ms Ryder’s family told The Age that they did not believe she had been arrested but that Mexican authorities were trying to find her. ”We have been unable to contact Felicity, so we are not even sure if she is involved in the incident,” a family member said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Australian Embassy in Mexico would provide consular assistance if requested. ”We are aware of media reports that Mexican authorities are seeking an Australian citizen, alleged to be connected to those who orchestrated explosions in Tlalpan and Coyoacan in Mexico,” a spokesman said.

Ms Ryder had been connected to the bombings by Mario Antonio Lopez Hernandez, who was arrested when he was injured by one of the bombs, according to news reports. Police said Mr Hernandez, 27, was found with clothes matching a description of the bomber and with a bomb in his backpack.

The reports say Ms Ryder had arrived in Mexico City as a tourist on December 6 last year.

Mr Hernandez had admitted to being a member of an anarchist group and learning how to build the bombs on the internet, the reports state. He reportedly bought bomb components from street vendors and supermarkets.

Police allege a bomb detonated outside the Federal Electricity Commission and two more explosions were planned, including one at the Federal Electoral Institute. Pictures of the commission published with the story show several windows shattered in the blast.

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