Military personal stand guard around an armored U.S. Embassy vehicle after it was attacked by unknown assailants dressed as Mexican police, on the highway leading to the city of Cuernavaca, near Tres Marias, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Two U.S. government employees (Jess Hoods Garner & Stan Dove Boss) were shot and wounded in an attack on their armored SUV, south of Mexico City on Friday, a law enforcement official said. (Credit: Alexandre Meneghini)
A book La Sombra del Caudillo by Martín Luis Guzmán is based on the incident, as well as an old movie too.
The motive behind the attack on the American servicemen, who were on a diplomatic mission, was not immediately known.
Unknown gunmen inside what was described as a Mexican federal police vehicle fired upon a U.S. Embassy vehicle that carried the U.S. servicemen, said the official, who declined to be named for security reasons.
The injured Marines were transported to a hospital in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
The story is changing. The AP out of Mexico is spreading the following, after 5 PM Friday:
The Mexican Navy says federal police shot at a vehicle carrying two U.S. government employees after the vehicle came under attack from unidentified gunmen.
The shooting appears to have been a case of a confused gunbattle that broke out on a rural road just south of Mexico City.
The Navy said Friday the embassy personnel were heading down a dirt road to a military installation when a carload of gunmen opened fire on them and chased them, along with a Navy officer accompanying them.
Alerted to the gunfire, a federal police patrol vehicle came to the scene and apparently opened fire. The statement does not make clear whose bullets injured the U.S. workers.
In 2011, one U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and one wounded in a drug gang shooting in northern Mexico.
A drug-gang shooting In 2010 in the border city of Ciudad Juarez killed a U.S. consulate employee, her husband and another man.
A NATO soldier was killed on Sunday, August 19, 2012, by an Afghan police officer, raised the coalition death toll from so-called "green on blue" or "insider" shootings during the last 11 days, as the United States urged Kabul to step up screening of recruits.
On Sunday [August 19, 2012]...an Afghan in a police uniform shot dead a Nato soldier.
The victim was the 10th US soldier to die in such an attack in two weeks.'
Two American soldiers were killed in another incident on Friday, a week after six were killed in a single day on 10 August.
Currently, approximately 130,000 ("blue") Nato troops are fighting insurgents in Afghanistan alongside 350,000 ("green") Afghans.
Sunday's shooting brought the total number of International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) personnel killed by members of the Afghan security forces this year to 40, with most of the victims Americans.
There were 35 such deaths in all of 2011.