2 Americans Wounded In Mexican Attack Work For CIA

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An unidentified Mexican official tells the Associated Press that the two Americans wounded in an attack by federal police on a U.S. Embassy vehicle work for the CIA.

Relatives of 12 Mexican federal police officers detained over last week's shooting against a U.S. Embassy vehicle protested Monday as the officers were being transferred to a detention center in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Wednesday, a Mexican official said that two Americans wounded in the attack were CIA employees.

An unidentified Mexican official tells the Associated Press that the two Americans wounded in an attack by federal police on a U.S. Embassy vehicle work for the CIA.

The two have returned to the United States, says the official, who is prohibited from being named or identified otherwise. The CIA would neither confirm nor deny that the men worked for the agency.

Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales confirmed today that the Americans were allowed to go home "so they can be treated in the place they think is safe," AP writes. She said they can testify later in the case of federal police officers allegedly involved in the shooting Friday morning.

A Mexican judge Monday ordered 12 Mexican federal police officers detained for 40 days while prosecutors decide whether to charge them with abuse of authority.

The Americans were wounded when their armored SUV, bearing diplomatic plates, came under fire from several cars as they headed to a Mexican military installation outside Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City. A Mexican Navy captain with them was not hurt.

The Mexican government said federal police were operating in the area at the time. It still isn't clear why they fired on the vehicle. Initial accounts reported that unidentified gunmen and police had fired on the vehicle in a confusing gunbattle.