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Retired Mexican General Shot After Car Crash

MEXICO / 23 MAY 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

A retired senior army general was shot dead near Mexico City moments after getting out of his car due to a traffic accident.

General Jorge Juarez Loera retired earlier this month from the number three spot in the Mexican Army. He headed operations against violence in the north of the country, including in the key drug trafficking state of Chihuahua, until 2008.

Dressed in civilian clothing and traveling in a private car, it is not clear yet whether or not the general was specifically targeted, reports the BBC. Federal prosecutors in Mexico say they will investigate the slaying because of suspicions that organized crime is involved.

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