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Mexico nabs suspect over killing of US consular worker

Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 12:59

Nuevo Laredo: Mexico arrested a second suspect, a member of the Los Aztecas gang, who confessed to taking part in the killing of a US consulate official, authorities have said.

The suspect admitted to working as an informant in the crime, a Mexican military source said on Thursday.

The detainee is a second person arrested for taking part in the killing last March 13 of US consular official Lesley Enriquez and her husband as well as a Mexican.

The Aztecas gang in Ciudad Juarez was blamed for the almost simultaneous assaults in which Enriquez and her husband, both Americans, were killed, as was a Mexican man who was married to another consulate staffer.

Mexico has been gripped in drug-related bloodshed since President Felipe Calderon launched a military clampdown on the country`s powerful drug gangs after taking office in December 2006.

More than 15,000 people have since died in suspected drug-related violence, particularly near the US border.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 12:59

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