Leading candidate killed days before Mexico elections

A candidate tipped to become a state governor in Mexico was killed in an ambush today, less than a week before local elections, his party said.

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2010, 09:34 AM IST

Nuevo Laredo: A candidate tipped to
become a state governor in Mexico was killed in an ambush
today, less than a week before local elections, his party
said.

Rodolfo Torre Cantu, the favourite to win from the
Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in northeastern
Tamaulipas state, was killed near Ciudad Victoria airport,
said party spokesman Fernando Moreno Pena.

Local television showed images of three covered
bodies lying on the road next to two cars. The identity of the
other victims was not clear.

It was the most high-profile killing yet in the
tense run-up to Sunday`s polls that will see 12 governors
chosen and local elections for mayors and lawmakers in 14
states.

Elections for mayors in Tamaulipas, across the
border from Texas, have already been marred by shoot-outs
between rival drug gangs.

Almost 23,000 people have died in drug-related
violence since President Felipe Calderon launched a military
crackdown on the country`s powerful organized crime gangs
after taking office at the end of 2006.

PTI