Thursday, July 20, 2006

Gunmen kill former Mexican congressman in Acapulco

Reuters:

Gunmen seized and executed a former Mexican congressman in Acapulco on Wednesday, the latest incident in a spate of violence to afflict the Pacific resort city.

Juan Jose Nogueda was found shot dead less than an hour after gunmen driving a sport-utility vehicle grabbed him in front of startled tourists on the city's main street.

Acapulco in recent months has become a battleground between two cartels fighting for control of the lucrative drug trade.

Nogueda, once a federal deputy for the Institutional Revolutionary Party and more recently a construction industry businessman, was shot in the chest and groin.

His body was dumped by a palm tree along a road toward Acapulco's famous La Quebrada high-diving cliffs.

More than two dozen people have been murdered in the gang war this year.

In June, the head of a man aged about 35 was found with a handwritten note outside city offices across town from the tourist strip.

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