Gunmen Attack Chih. Governor's Convoy, Kill Guard
Gunmen Attack Governor's Convoy, Kill Guard
Monday, February 23, 2009
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- Gunman have attacked a convoy carrying the governor of the violence-wracked Mexican border state of Chihuahua.
One of the governor's bodyguards was killed and two other agents were wounded.
It's unclear if the attackers targeted Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza, but he canceled a trip today to meet with federal officials in Mexico City. The meeting was to be about security problems in Chihuahua, where hundreds have died in drug-related violence in recent months.
Baeza says gunmen in two cars fired high-powered weapons last night at a vehicle two cars behind his in a convoy in the state capital, Chihuahua city. The two wounded agents were in stable condition on Monday and one of the attackers was hospitalized with a gunshot to the head. The other attackers fled.
Rich, heavily armed gangs battling for turf on the doorstep of the U.S. narcotics market have increasingly challenged the government on all levels, even ambushing troops sent to battle the cartels.