28 Jul '11, 11pm

Fourth mayor found dead this year in Mexico [Straits Times]

MEXICO CITY - THE MAYOR of a town in Mexico's northern Zacatecas state was found dead along with one other man on Thursday a day after they were abducted, bringing the total to four mayors killed in Mexico this year. The bullet-ridden bodies of Fortino Cortes, mayor of Florencia de Benito Juarez, a town of 4,000 people, and another man were found with their hands tied in neighbouring Jalisco state, said Zacatecas state prosecutor Arturo Nahle. Heavily armed men abducted Mr Cortes on Wednesday afternoon from the Zacatecas Farming Association, along with the treasurer of the organization, the prosecutor said. Their bodies were found together with a message which appeared to link the crime to a conflict between the Gulf drug gang and its former allies the Zetas. The mayor's brother, who was president of the local farming association, was also killed in May, in a shootout betw...

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