Olivia Torres
Canadian Press
January 26, 2011

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Federal police shot and killed a municipal policeman guarding the mayor of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday night, raising tensions between security forces amid a fierce drug war.

Mayor Hector Murguia and the federal police had conflicting accounts of what led to the shooting.

Murguia said his bodyguards were outside a house where he was holding meetings when two masked federal police officers approached. He said his guards identified themselves but the federal police shot one of them anyway.

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He identified the slain bodyguard as Jose Humberto Perez, 29, a city policeman assigned to the mayor’s security.

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