May 18, 2006

Shooting closes busy U.S.-Mexico border crossing

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Traffic into Mexico from the
United States through the world's busiest land border crossing
was blocked for several hours on Thursday after U.S.
authorities shot and killed a driver who refused to stop.

Mexican news reports said U.S. authorities shot dead a
driver heading into Mexico at the San Ysidro border post
linking San Diego with the Mexican border city of Tijuana after
he refused to stop and hit a border guard standing in his way.

The Televisa network said four passengers were arrested.

Television stations showed long traffic jams north of the
crossing, through which more than 17 million vehicles and 41
million people entered the United States last year.

The border crossing is also a major transit point for drug
traffickers and smugglers of immigrants.