Mayor of Mexican City Kidnapped by Armed Gang

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say the mayor of a city on the outskirts of the northern industrial hub of Monterrey has been kidnapped by a gang of more than 15 armed men.

In this May 9, 2008, file photo, Mexican army soldiers patrol the area near the site of a high level security cabinet news conference after meeting with various sectors of society to address the growing violence in the region in Tijuana, Mexico. Three Mexican police chiefs have requested political asylum in the U.S. as violence escalates in the Mexican drug wars and spills across the U.S. border, a top Homeland Security official told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/David Maung)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say the mayor of a city on the outskirts of the northern industrial hub of Monterrey has been kidnapped by a gang of more than 15 armed men.

State prosecutor Alejandro Garza says no ransom demand has been received for Edelmiro Cavazos, the mayor of of Santiago in the border state of Nuevo Leon.

Garza said Monday the mayor was taken from his home around midnight. The men wore uniforms from a police agency that was dissolved years ago.

The area has been wracked by bloody drug gang turf battles, and Garza said Cavazos "was cooperating leading the front and showing his face in the fight against organized crime."

A security guard for the mayor who was released shortly after the abduction reported the crime.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.


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