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Mexican authorities deactivate explosive found outside shopping center

By Nick Valencia, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • An explosive device was found outside a shopping center in the Mexican state of Jalisco
  • The device was later deactivated in a laboratory

(CNN) -- An explosive device was found outside a shopping center in Tonala, Mexico, public security officials said Tuesday.

The device was later deactivated at a laboratory.

The incident in the central-coastal Mexican state of Jalisco was reported in the country's state-run news agency, Notimex.

The rectangular explosive device was reportedly found wrapped with black tape outside the Las Lomas commercial plaza. The mall was evacuated and there were no injuries, Notimex reported.

The area has risen in profile recently as former elements of the now-dissolved Beltran Leyva drug cartel are battling for territory. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a Texas born Mexican-American, has proclaimed himself the new leader of the cartel, according to federal police.