Mexican state charges motorcyclists with terrorism

Prosecutors in northern Mexico have brought terrorism charges against two motorcyclists because their loud exhaust pipes backfired and caused a sound like gunshots that sent a crowd into a panicked stampede.

Officials in the northern state of San Luis Potosi say some people attending a weekend Holy Saturday event suffered bruises and falls in the stampede, but there were no life-threatening injuries.

State spokesman Juan Antonio Hernandez said Wednesday that the motorcycles' exhausts sounded like gunshots. He cited witnesses saying the two men purposely gunned their engines even after the panic started.

The incident occurred Saturday, and the two were formally charged Tuesday.

The head of the state's human rights commission called the charges excessive.