Mexican Gunmen Kill Third Mayor in a Month as Drug War Escalates


Jonathan Levin
Bloomberg
September 9, 2010

Gunmen killed the mayor of a town in northern Mexico as he sat at his desk, the third politician slain in the past month as drug-related violence escalates.

President Felipe Calderon, in a statement yesterday, “energetically condemned” the murder of Alexander Lopez, mayor of El Naranjo in San Luis Potosi state. Officials didn’t offer a motive or arrest any suspects, though Lopez was murdered in a part of the country disputed by rival drug gangs.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that Mexican cartels are starting to deploy “insurgency” tactics like car bombings that were once a hallmark of the war of terror used against Colombia’s government.

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“It’s looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, where the narcotraffickers controlled certain parts of the country,” Clinton said in Washington at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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