U.S. anti-drug agents shot in Mexico attack; one dead

On Tuesday, February 15, a U.S. law enforcement agent was shot dead and a second wounded  in a roadside attack in Mexico city. The two agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were fired upon while traveling on the highway between Monterrey and the Mexican capital, where Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the agents were “shot in the line of duty.”  One of the agents was badly wounded and later died from his injuries, and the second remains in stable condition and is expected to recover. It is not yet clear wether or not the shooting was drug-related, however, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is currently working with Mexican authorities to investigate the killing. As stated in the Washington Post, “more than 34,000 people have died in drug violence in the past four years as Mexico wages a U.S.-backed fight against criminal organizations, which have grown rich and powerful on proceeds from drug sales to the United States.” Although high levels of violence among competeting drug lords are common in Mexico and continue to increase, U.S. officials are rarely targeted. As stated in the BBC article, many politicians in the Southern United States are calling for more to be done in the effort to stop drug smugglers and human traffickers from entering the U.S.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/AR2011021506693.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12476900

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