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Second migrant caravan storms into Mexico
By Associated Press
Second migrant caravan storms into Mexico: 'Violent' group from Central America carrying BOMBS and guns defies a huge police presence to cross the border from Guatemala as Trump deploys 5,200 troops
- The second caravan making their way up through Central America have members armed with explosives
- Had gasoline bombs made of soft-drink bottles, and improvised PVC tubes to launch fireworks
- Mexican federal police briefly blocked the migrants from crossing the Suchiate River on Monday
- But the migrants soon defied the law enforcement presence and broke through into Mexico
- Many tried to swim or wade across to Mexico, some while carrying children
- Law enforcement avoided a second day of violence, a day after a confrontation left one migrant dead
The second migrant caravan, believed to be armed with bombs and guns, crossed into Mexico on Monday despite a huge police presence.
Hundreds of migrants following in the footsteps of the first caravan heading to the U.S. border crossed a river from Guatemala.
A low-flying police helicopter hovered overhead as the migrants waded in large groups through the Suchiate River's murky waters, apparently trying to use the downdraft from its rotors to discourage them.
Guatemala's Noti7 channel reported that one man drowned and aired video of a man dragging a seemingly lifeless body from the river.
Once on the Mexican side the migrants were surrounded and escorted by black-uniformed officers as sirens wailed.
The second group back at the Guatemalan frontier has been more unruly than the first that crossed. Guatemala's Interior Ministry said Guatemalan police officers were injured when the migrant group broke through border barriers on Guatemala's side of the bridge.