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Mayor slain in troubled Mexican state of Michoacan

March 22, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — State prosecutors say gunmen have killed a small-town mayor who had survived an earlier attack.

The Michaocan Attorney General’s Office says Gustavo Garibay Garcia was hit with at least 18 bullets fired from three guns outside his home in Tanhuato early Saturday.

Garibay was wounded in a similar attack in 2012 and his secretary was killed in February. Officials have not determined a motive for the attacks, though Tanhuato is located in a region disputed by the Michoacan-based Knights Templar cartel and the New Generation cartel based in neighboring Jalisco state.

Garibay was member of the National Action Party of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, a Michoacan native who began a military crackdown on drug gangs in the state.

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