Mexican mayor slain in drug-plagued state

Authorities say gunmen have killed the mayor of a northern Mexican town, adding to a string of attacks on political figures in the drug-plagued region.

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2010, 19:33 PM IST

Monterrey: Authorities say gunmen
have killed the mayor of a northern Mexican town, adding to a
string of attacks on political figures in the drug-plagued
region.

The Nuevo Leon state Attorney General`s Office says
Prisciliano Rodriguez Salinas was gunned down along with
another employee of the town named Doctor Gonzalez, about 30
miles (50 kilometres) east of Monterrey.

Rival gangs have been battling to control drug routes
through Nuevo Leon and neighbouring border states.

Gunmen killed another Monterrey area mayor in August
after. In June, gunmen killed the leading gubernatorial
candidate in neighbouring Tamaulipas state. A mayoral
candidate was slain there in May. A mayor in San Luis Potosi
state was killed this month.

PTI