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US customs agent shot dead in Mexico

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-02-16

A US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was shot and killed and another wounded Tuesday while driving on a highway north of Mexico City. Mexico has vowed to cooperate with the US in investigating the attack, for which no motive was given.

REUTERS - A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and another was wounded in a shooting on a highway north of Mexico City on Tuesday, Mexican authorities said.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry condemned the attack and said it would cooperate with U.S. authorities in investigating the killing.
 
The U.S. embassy said the two agents were shot while they were driving on official business from Mexico City to the northern city of Monterrey.
 
No motive for the attack was given.
 
The U.S. agents were the first shot in the line of duty in Mexico, according to ICE.
 
Drug-related violence in northern Mexico has soared since late 2006 when President Felipe Calderon launched an army-led campaign to crush the country's drug cartels.
 
Attacks on police by Mexican drug gangs are regular occurrences but assaults on U.S. government employees are rare.
 
Undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and murdered while on assignment in Mexico in 1985.
 
More recently, two U.S. citizens and a Mexican linked to staff at the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez were killed in March last year, prompting the State Department to tighten security at its diplomatic missions in northern Mexico.
 
Tuesday's attack occurred in mid-afternoon on Mexico's main north-south highway in the state of San Luis Potosi, about 200 miles (320 km) north of Mexico City, a spokeswoman for the state's public security office said.
 
The city of San Luis Potosi, the state capital and home to a federal police academy, has not experienced many drug-related killings, but gangs have been moving in to use it as a base for trafficking operations to the north.
 
The United States has offered Mexico funds and training to help the government in its fight with the cartels, and intelligence from U.S. law enforcement sources is credited with helping Mexico kill and capture several top cartel leaders in recent years.
 

Date created : 2011-02-16

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