Languages
Page last updated at 18:33 GMT, Thursday, 8 May 2008 19:33 UK

Top policeman shot dead in Mexico

Edgar Millan Gomez - 22/01/2008
Gunmen were waiting for Mr Millan outside his home, police said

A senior Mexican police official has been gunned down in the capital, Mexico City, officials have said.

Edgar Millan Gomez was in charge of co-ordinating national police operations against drugs traffickers.

He was shot nine times outside his home early on Thursday and died later in hospital, officials said. Two of his bodyguards were wounded in the attack.

Police are investigating if the attack was drug-related. Several top policemen have been killed in the past week.

Police said a group of gunmen had attacked Mr Millan.

"They were hunting him," a spokesman for the security ministry told Reuters news agency.

Police have arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with the attack.

Lucrative trafficking routes

Mexico has seen a surge in drug-related killings recently. Last year, 2,500 people were killed; so far this year, 1,100 people have been killed.

Two other senior police officers were killed in Mexico City in separate incidents last week.

And earlier this week, a senior officer in Ciudad Juarez - across the border from the United States - was ambushed as he left police headquarters.

President Felipe Calderon has sent nearly 30,000 soldiers and federal police to fight Mexico's powerful drug cartels since he took office in 2006.

The drugs cartels have fought back by attacking security forces. They are also fighting with each other to control lucrative trafficking routes.


SEE ALSO
Mexicans seal gang war hospital
30 Apr 08 |  Americas
Mexico drug gang clashes kill 15
27 Apr 08 |  Americas
Mexico captures 'key drug lord'
13 Mar 08 |  Americas
Mexico arrests top drugs suspect
21 Jan 08 |  Americas
Bodies found after Mexican raid
18 Jan 08 |  Americas
US, Mexico strengthen gun checks
17 Jan 08 |  Americas
Police disarmed in Mexican town
29 Dec 07 |  Americas
Country profile: Mexico
01 Apr 08 |  Country profiles


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific