July 29, 2013 1:55 pm

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.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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