Catherine Cheney
February 17, 2011

Two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot while driving from Mexico City to Monterrey on Tuesday, another sign of escalating drug violence in Mexico.

One of the agents was killed, and the other, who was shot twice in the leg, is in stable condition.

Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office and waged war on drug cartels, nearly 35,000 people have been killed in violence related to a crackdown on the trafficking.

While American officials, including the 30 ICE officers assigned to the Mexico City office, haven’t been targets of the violence, the U.S. government now has further cause for concern. The shooting happened shortly after the December murder of a Border Patrol agent on the Arizona-Mexico border.

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