Mexico’s Secretary of Government Killed in Plane Crash

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

El Universal (Mexico City) 11/5/08

Juan Camilo Mouriño, Mexico’s Secretary of Government and one of the principal high-ranking officials in the government’s war against narco crime, was killed in a plane crash in Mexico City yesterday evening.  The meteoric career of the 37-year-old close associate of President Calderon ended in the crash of the Learjet 45 in which he and eight others were returning from San Luis Potosi.  Also killed in the crash was Jose Luis Vasconcelos, the presidential advisor for security.  At the moment, there are no indications of sabotage and experts from the US and UK have been asked to assist in a thorough investigation.  [As would be expected, this story in its various aspects captured most of the media coverage in Mexico today.]
El Debate (Sinaloa) 11/5/08
In the southern part of the state of Sinaloa more than 66,000 youths have left school due to the difficult environment in which they live.  This represents 60% of a population either illiterate or struggling with a low level of education.  Every year, 2,000 more drop out.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 11/5/08
A three-hour gun battle left four dead in Nogales, Sonora, including one state police officer.  The three gunmen killed were linked to the assassination of the director of State Security Police, Juan Manuel Pavon Felix in Nogales last Sunday evening.  Five other police agents were wounded in the gunfight and one of the gunmen was arrested.
La Cronica de Baja California (Baja California) 11/5/08
Four men were executed in Tijuana, Baja California, early this morning.  People in the area reported hearing gunshots before dawn, but the four bodies in a vacant lot weren’t discovered until after daylight.
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