Gunmen kill Mexico’s vice admiral

Mexicoâ„¢s Vice Admiral Carlos Salazar Ramonet was ambushed and killed on July 28, 2013 in the state of Michoacan. (File photo)

Mexicoâ„¢s vice admiral has been killed in a road attack in the western state of Michoacan, two days after President Enrique Pena Nieto admitted losing control of the area.

The Mexican State Prosecutorâ„¢s Office said armed assailants shot dead Carlos Salazar Ramonet, a senior navy commander, and an officer escorting him on Sunday, when their vehicle was ambushed on a dirt road near the town of Churintzio. Two others were injured.

According to a statement by the Mexican navy, the attack came after demonstrators forced Ramonetâ„¢s car to divert from a major highway running between the state capital of Michoacan and Jalisco State capital Guadalajara.

Officials said they have not found any of the attackers, but an abandoned car believed to have been used by the gunmen has been located.

On July 26, President Nieto confessed that organized crime gangs have gained the upper hand in the state of Michoacan despite sending in thousands of troops and federal police to the area since May.

The area has also seen a surge of armed vigilante groups formed by local residents, who claim authorities are failing to stop the gang violence and extortion in the area.

Michoacan is one of the poorest states of Mexico and is home to traditional drug routes. It is also a major hub for the production of methamphetamine in the country.

Drug-related violence in Mexico has killed more than 70,000 people since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in December 2006.

President Nieto has promised that his administration will pursue the fight against drug cartels.

However, official data show that every month an additional 1,000 people die in violence related to drug cartels.

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Republished from: Press TV