- Title: MEXICO: Police chief Homero Salcido killed in bold attack
- Date: 15th February 2011
- Summary: MONTERREY, MEXICO (FEBRUARY 13, 2011) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) CHARRED VEHICLE FIREMEN PUTTING OUT FIRE IN VARIOUS OF FIREMEN WORKING TO PUT OUT FIRE / STANDING NEXT TO CHARRED VEHICLE FORENSIC SCIENTISTS AT SCENE FORENSIC SERVICES VAN LEAVING SCENE
- Embargoed: 2nd March 2011 12:00
- Location: Mexico, Mexico
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVA9I64IH7E0UQQ1YIIXF0QW3LKC
- Story Text: Suspected drug hitmen killed a senior police chief on Sunday (February 13) night in one of the most brazen attacks yet in Monterrey, Mexico's richest city, El Norte daily reported.
Homero Salcido was the head of the state of Nuevo Leon's security and intelligence agency and, according to preliminary investigations, he was shot inside the SUV he was found in.
Attackers then threw a grenade inside the vehicle. Salcido's body was found completely charred on the back seat, the newspaper said.
According to El Norte, witnesses said it appeared Salcido had been kidnapped by drug gang members who drove him to a central area of the city and executed him there.
Salcido, 40, had been in charge of Nuevo Leon's top security agency since August of last year. He was the nephew of a former state police chief who left that post earlier this month, El Norte said.
More than 34,000 people have died in drug-related violence across Mexico since President Felipe Calderon's crackdown on drugs began in 2006, according to official figures.
Violence is spreading fast beyond traditional border flashpoints and Monterrey had a grisly start to 2011, with 23 killings in one 24-hour period in and around the city in mid-January.
Mexico's second city, Guadalajara, which had long been spared the beheadings and drive-by shootings tainting other areas of the country, is now also suffering from blockade roads and cartel shootings
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