President Calderón Sees Narcos behind Crime

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MEXICO – President Felipe Calderón accused "organized crime" in the murder of Rodolfo Torre Cantú, gubernatorial candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) in the state of Tamaulipas, Univision and Agencies reports.

Cantu was killed along with four others near Ciudad Victoria, capital of the northern state of Tamaulipas, more than 700 miles northeast of Mexico City. This is the first assassination of a candidate for state governor in recent history.

Calderón said the killers aimed to interfere in upcoming elections by eliminating Cantú, who was favored to win.

“Today we have found that organized crime is a constant threat and we must close ranks to confront and prevent the recurrence of such actions,” Calderón said.