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article imageMexican Vice Admiral Carlos Salazar killed in drug war

By Eko Armunanto     Jul 29, 2013 in World
Two Mexican navy soldiers, including a vice admiral, were shot dead Sunday in southwestern state of Michoacan, where the military is trying to regain control of areas dominated by warring drug gangs.
Drug criminals have carried out several ambushes this week.
According to a statement issued Sunday by the Mexican navy, a group of people opened fire when the Vice Admiral Carlos Miguel Salazar Ramonet and other members of the navy were traveling in the northwestern part of the state on a rural road. BBC said a group of protesters blocked their way and forced the driver to take the rural road where the gunmen were then firing at them, killing the Vice Admiral and his bodyguard. The admiral's wife and his driver were injured.
The Mexican navy is considered the most effective, reliable and least corruptible of the country’s security agencies. It has played a key role in Mexico’s effort to confront its powerful drug cartels. President Enrique Pena Nieto admitted late Thursday that organized crime controlled areas of Michoacan, but he pledged to restore order in the same state were his predecessor Felipe Calderon launched his military campaign against drug gangs.
Hundreds of federal troops have poured into Michoacan since last week, joining forces that Pena Nieto has deployed there. In May, he put a general in charge of all police and military operations in the state. In an apparent response to the government crackdown, groups of armed criminals last week carried out a number of ambushes on federal forces across Michoacan, killing at least four federal police officers and wounding a number of others. Federal officials said at least 20 criminals were killed in firefights. Since Tuesday, gunmen apparently working for the Knights Templar cartel have been staging a series of attacks on federal police convoys, killing at least four officers.
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