Mexican governor candidate killed in ambush

16:54, June 29, 2010      

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A candidate running for governor of Mexico's northern state of Tamaulipas was killed on Monday, local media reported.

Rodolfo Torre, along with four others traveling with him, was ambushed on Monday morning in Tamaulipas, a state that has seen fierce turf battles between two rival drug cartels.

Torre was of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. It was Mexico's highest-level political murder since 1994 when Luis Donaldo Colosio, of the same party, was murdered while running for president.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon denounced the crime, calling it a cowardly assassination. He also said it is the drug gangs' attempt to sway local and state elections scheduled for this weekend.

Since December 2006, nearly 23,000 people have died in anti-drug battles in Mexico. The fight against drug traffickers has been a central plank of the Calderon administration.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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