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Mayor of Santiago, Mexico, kidnapped

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • State and federal authorities are investigating the kidnapping
  • Governor says there is no reason for Nuevo Leon to let its guard down
  • More than 28,000 people have been killed since Calderon initiated crackdown
  • Santiago is on outskirts of Monterrey in northern Mexico

(CNN) -- The mayor of a town on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, was kidnapped by gunmen overnight, Nuevo Leon state officials said at a news conference Monday.

The victim, Edelmiro Cavazos Leal, is the mayor of the town of Santiago.

State and federal authorities were investigating the kidnapping, Nuevo Leon Gov. Rodrigo Medina and state attorney general Alejandro Garza y Garza said.

The Mexican army, navy and federal attorney general's office were all in contact with state authorities about the case, they said.

Faced with violent acts often linked to drug cartels, Medina said that "there is no reason to let our guard down, we have to keep moving forward."

Nuevo Leon state, which borders Texas, has witnessed a number violent acts by cartels, especially around the state capital, Monterrey. In May, the city's minister of transit and director of transit was kidnapped and later released.

Across Mexico, more than 28,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon initiated his crackdown against the drug cartels in 2006.