Mexico City: A mayor in northern Mexico has
been abducted by an unidentified gang, according to
authorities in Nuevo Leon state, across from Texas, amid a
wave of drug-related violence.
Edelmiro Cavazos was taken from his home by armed men
dressed in out-of-date federal police uniforms, said state
prosecutor Alejandro Garza, in a news conference yesterday.
No formal ransom demand was made for the mayor of the
small town of Santiago who had "stood up to organised crime,"
His bodyguard, the only witness, was found unhurt on a
nearby road after being beaten and held in the trunk of a car,
Four mayors have been killed this year across the country
in violence blamed on drug gangs fighting for control of
lucrative trafficking routes.
Violence has surged particularly in northern border
areas, including Nuevo Leon and around its capital and
business hub of Monterrey, as the Gulf gang and its former the
hitmen, the Zetas, face off.
More than 28,000 people have died in suspected drug
violence since the end of 2006, when President Felipe Calderon
launched a controversial military crackdown on organised