A U.S. Embassy official used a memorial ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack to express solidarity with Mexicans over the drug cartel violence afflicting their country.
Charge d'Affaires John Feeley noted the Aug. 25 casino fire in the northern city of Monterrey that killed 52 people and a recent gunbattle outside a soccer stadium in Torreon that sent fans fleeing in panic to escape the bullets.
"Although my personal analysis is that there are no terrorist groups in Mexico ... it's no consolation for Mexicans when criminals use terrorist tactics to sow fear," Feeley said Friday. "You don't fight alone. We march with you bearing the scars and grief of our own battles against evil."
The ceremony at the capital's Museum of Memory and Tolerance also commemorated the terrorist attacks that struck Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005.
Officials from the British and Spanish embassies attended the ceremony, where survivors and officials remembered the nearly 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 attack. Among the dead were an estimated 16 Mexicans, U.S. officials said.
The crowd of 200 gave a standing ovation to members of the Mexican rescue team "Los Topos Aztecas" who helped New York authorities locate victims at ground zero in 2001.