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Mexican mayor-elect abducted, killed

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Two other men also were abducted and killed
  • Fourteen mayors have been killed in Mexico this year
  • Drug cartels seeking control over areas are blamed

Mexico City, Mexico (CNN) -- The mayor-elect of a municipality in the Mexican state of Veracruz was abducted and killed Monday, the government-run news agency reported.

Gregorio Barradas Mirabete and two other men were forced to get into a blue Hummer sport utility vehicle Tuesday afternoon in the municipality of Juan Rodríguez Lara, the Notimex news agency said. The bodies of the three men were found in neighboring Oaxaca state Monday night, Notimex said.

The other two victims were identified as Omar Manzur and Angel Landa Cardenas.

Officials said Monday night they were still trying to determine the details of what happened.

Fourteen mayors have been killed this year in states throughout Mexico. And a leading gubernatorial candidate in Tamaulipas state, Rodolfo Torre Cantu, was gunned down in June.

The killings are believed to be the work of drug cartels seeking to increase their influence over the towns and municipalities in the areas where they operate.