Security chief killed in Mexican border state

2014-11-04 13:28

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Mexico City - Authorities in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas say a regional security chief and his wife have been killed by armed assailants.

Ricardo Nino Villarreal was the security chief for the area of Tamaulipas around Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas.

The Tamaulipas state government said on Monday that the killing took place on Saturday on a roadway in the neighbouring state of Nuevo Leon. However, the bodies were not discovered in the couple's car until Sunday.

Nino Villarreal was a former general and was one of several ex-military officers designated as regional commanders as part of a plan announced in May to stem a wave of violence in Tamaulipas.

Tamaulipas is home to the Gulf and Zetas drug cartels.

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