US ICE Official Shot Dead In Mexico

The Associated Press is reporting that a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and another wounded while driving through northern Mexico Tuesday, in a rare attack on American officials in this country which is fighting powerful drug cartels.

US and Mexican officials said they were working closely together to investigate the shooting and find those responsible.

The two agents were driving in the northern state of San Luis Potosi when they were stopped at what appeared to be a military checkpoint, said one Mexican official.

After they stopped, someone opened fire on them, the official said.

Though Mexico is seeing record rates of violence from warring drug cartels and a crackdown on organized crime, it is rare for US officials to be attacked. The US government, however, has become increasingly concerned about the safety of its employees in Mexico amid the escalating violence.

In a famous case, in 1985 US Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar was tortured and killed in Mexico. Mexican trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero is serving a 40-year prison term for Camarena’s slaying.

Complete article via Associated Press

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