Mayor shot to death in southern Mexico

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January 14, 2011 01:13

 
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OAXACA, Mexico  — The mayor of a remote mountain town in southern Oaxaca state was shot to death Thursday, the third municipal leader to be slain in Mexico in a week.

Oaxaca state prosecutor Manuel de Jesus Lopez said authorities were investigating possible motives in the latest killing, which occurred when Mayor Luis Jimenez Mata was visiting the state capital.

His largely Indian town of Santiago Amoltepec has been locked in a decade-long land dispute with a neighboring town that has resulted in about a dozen deaths.

So far this year, three mayors have been killed. The mayor of the small central Mexico town of Temoac was shot to death Monday, and the body of a northern mayor was found riddled with bullets Friday.

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