Mexico Supports Probe Into Shooting Of US Helicopter
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government says it is working with the United States in the investigation into a shooting attack on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter on June 5, but says it “categorically rejects any attempt to see the border as a security threat.”
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said Thursday the U.S. border informed the Mexican government that it would send two Blackhawk helicopters to patrol the Texas border area where the helicopter was hit.
The apparently unarmored chopper was forced to make an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas, after bullets hit the ride side of the aircraft and the rotor blade.
Blackhawks are armored against small-arms fire, and can transport more personnel.
Mexico has long opposed any militarization of the border.