Grenades explode outside Mexican daily's offices

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) -- A Mexican newspaper's offices have been damaged by two grenades in the violence-plagued city of Culiacan in northwestern Mexico.

The director of El Debate de Culiacan says his newspaper won't be deterred from coverage of drug cartels because of the pre-dawn attack Monday. Jose Isabel Ramos says no one was injured in the explosion.

Culiacan is the capital of Sinaloa, a state that has given rise to several major trafficking groups.

State security secretary Josefina Garcia has offered to increase security around the newspaper's office. Police are searching for the assailants.

Mexico has become one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists, and many newspapers have downplayed coverage of drug gangs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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