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Latest update : 2008-05-11

Gunmen shot and killed a police chief Juan Antonio Roman in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Roman is the sixth high-ranking officer killed in the country in less than a week.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, May 10 (Reuters) - Suspected drug
gunmen ambushed and killed a Mexican police chief on Saturday
in a murder campaign against senior policemen that has
escalated in the past week.
 

Juan Antonio Roman, the No. 2 policeman in the gritty
border city of Ciudad Juarez, was riddled with bullets outside
his home as he stepped from his pickup truck in the early hours
of the morning, a police spokesman said.
 

He was the sixth senior policeman killed throughout the
country this week in a blow to President Felipe Calderon's
fight against well-armed cartels that smuggle cocaine,
marijuana and amphetamines to the United States.
 

"He came home for a reunion with family and friends and
arrived in his official vehicle, but the hired assassins were
waiting for him," police spokesman Jaime Torres said.
 

Local media said the gunmen fired some 50 bullets at
Roman.
 

Roman's name had been on top of a death list that drug
traffickers left at a Ciudad Juarez police monument in
January.
 

Hired gunmen believed to be in the pay of the Sinaloa
cartel killed Edgar Millan, one of the country's top federal
policemen, at his home on Thursday.
 

Some 1,100 people have died so far this year as the drug
gangs battle each other and security forces. Calderon has
deployed 25,000 troops and federal police to fight the gangs.
 

Calderon, a conservative, said on Friday that Mexicans had
to take back their streets from drug peddlers and gunmen.
 

"We have to come together to confront this evil, we
Mexicans have to definitively and categorically say, 'That's
enough!'," Calderon said.
 

Dozens of hit men from a rival cartel killed a son of
Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, who heads
the Sinaloa cartel based in northwestern Mexico.
 

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office confirmed
that one of three people killed in the Sinaloa state capital
was Edgar Guzman, the son of the drug lord.
 

Around 40 people opened fire on Guzman as he stepped out of
an armored pickup truck outside a shopping center in Culiacan
on Thursday night, El Universal newspaper said.
 

Investigators recovered 500 bullet shell casings.
 

Sinaloa chief "Shorty" Guzman escaped from a high-security
prison in a laundry van in 2001 and is locked in turf wars with
other Mexican cartels.

Date created : 2008-05-11

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