Mexico detains 3 drug cartel suspects in killing of navy officer
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MEXICO CITY – Three suspected members of the Knights Templar drug cartel have been detained in connection with the killing of one of Mexico’s highest ranking navy officers and a bodyguard.
Mexican federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez confirms the detentions.
Sanchez said Monday the killing does not initially appear to have been pre-planned or aimed directly against Vice Adm. Carlos Miguel Salazar.
Salazar’s sport utility did bear Navy logos, but was not bulletproof.
Salazar’s SUV was stopped by a protest on the main highway in the western state of Michoacan, and so the driver turned off onto a rural road, where the attack occurred Sunday.
A reporter for a Michoacan newspaper saw protesters on the highway holding signs saying “Get out, Federales.”
Such protests have frequently been organized by the Knights Templar cartel.
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