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CBS News has learned that the recent case of a Mexican military helicopter forced to land after it was fired upon is linked to the ATF Fast and Furious “gunwalker” operation.

Drug cartel suspects on the ground shot at Mexican government helicopters two weeks ago in western Mexico, forcing one chopper to land. Authorities seized more than 70 assault rifles and other weapons from the suspects.

Among the seized weapons are guns sold to suspects as part of the ATF sting operation, sources say. That information came from traces of serial numbers.

Shooting at an aircraft is a terrorist act,” says one U.S. law enforcement source. “What does that say if we’re helping Mexican drug cartels engage in acts of terror? That’s appalling if we could have stopped those guns.”

The Department of Justice provided no information or comment when asked about the incident by CBS News.

Source: CBS News

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