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Evidence links Mexican vigilante leader to murders, official says

Mexico City, Mar 12 (EFE).- The vigilante leader arrested in western Mexico may have been the "facilitator, a participant or the one who covered up" the murders of two people, special commissioner for Michoacan state Alfredo Castillo said Wednesday, citing the evidence obtained by investigators.

No Pakistani civilians killed by US drones in 2013: UN monitor

No Pakistani civilians were killed by US drones last year as Washington slashed its controversial use of the pilotless planes in the country, a UN expert said Wednesday. "I am pleased to be able to report a very significant de-escalation in the use of armed drones by the United States in... Pakistan," Ben Emmerson told reporters in Geneva. The total number of recorded strikes in 2013 was down to 27 from a peak of 128 in 2010, said Emmerson, who monitors respect for human rights in counter-terrorism operations.

Vigilante leader arrested in western Mexico

Morelia, Mexico, Mar 12 (EFE).- A prominent vigilante leader in the western Mexican state of Michoacan was arrested in connection with two murders, prosecutors said. Hipolito Mora, the leader of a vigilante group formed more than a year ago in the town of La Ruana to fight the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, was arrested Tuesday night "for his probable responsibility in the role of co-participant in the murders" of Rafael Sanchez Moreno and his driver, Jose Luis Torres Castañeda, the Michoacan Attorney General's Office said in a statement.

Vigilante leader flown to Mexico City amid tensions with rival group

Morelia, Mexico, Mar 11 (EFE).- Hipolito Mora, a vigilante leader from the western Mexican state of Michoacan, told Efe he was flown to Mexico City on a government helicopter amid tensions between his group and a rival self-defense organization. Mora is the leader of a vigilante group formed more than a year ago in the town of La Ruana to fight the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, which has a strong presence in the state.

Cartel boss used reports of his death as cover to operate in Mexico

Mexico City, Mar 10 (EFE).- Caballeros Templarios drug cartel boss Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, who died in a shootout with soldiers over the weekend, used erroneous reports of his death in 2010 to continue operating freely for some time, officials said Monday. "The biggest beneficiary of having anonymity was him," special commissioner for Michoacan Alfredo Castillo told Televisa. Moreno, known as "El Chayo," was killed in a shootout with soldiers on Sunday near Tumbiscatio, a city in the western state of Michoacan.

Cartel boss used reports of his death as cover to operate in Mexico

Mexico City, Mar 10 (EFE).- Caballeros Templarios drug cartel boss Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, who died in a shootout with soldiers over the weekend, used erroneous reports of his death in 2010 to continue operating freely for some time, officials said Monday. "The biggest beneficiary of having anonymity was him," special commissioner for Michoacan Alfredo Castillo told Televisa. Moreno, known as "El Chayo," was killed in a shootout with soldiers on Sunday near Tumbiscatio, a city in the western state of Michoacan.

Mexican security forces kill cartel boss reported dead in 2010

Mexico City, Mar 10 (EFE).- Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, a powerful drug trafficker reported killed in a shootout with federal law enforcement agents in 2010, died in a gunfight with soldiers in the western Mexican state of Michoacan over the weekend, officials said. Moreno, known as "El Chayo," was killed in a shootout with soldiers on Sunday near Tumbiscatio, a city in Michoacan. Former federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire announced on Dec. 10, 2010, that Moreno had been killed in a shootout a day earlier near the city of Apatzingan.

Mexico confirms killing of 'dead' drug capo

A Mexican drug lord mistakenly reported dead more than three years ago was killed Sunday in a clash with armed forces in western Mexico, officials said. The killing of Nazario Moreno, nicknamed "El Mas Loco" or "the Craziest One," is another coup in Mexico City's battle against organized crime, following the arrest last month of the world's most wanted and single most powerful drug lord.

Mexico says kills drug kingpin reported dead years ago

By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican drug lord who had been falsely reported dead more than three years ago was killed in a shootout with federal forces in western Mexico early on Sunday, the government said. Nazario Moreno led a powerful criminal gang that has ravaged the western state of Michoacan, and was known as "El Mas Loco," or "The Craziest One." He had been reported killed by the government in a firefight in December 2010, but his body was never recovered and he was widely believed to be still alive.

'Dead' Mexico drug kingpin likely killed in shootout: official

By Dave Graham and Simon Gardner MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican drug lord who had been reported dead more than three years ago was likely killed in a shootout with federal forces in western Mexico early on Sunday, a government official said. Nazario Moreno, a leader of a powerful criminal gang that has ravaged the western state of Michoacan, had been reported killed by the government in a firefight in December 2010. But his body was never recovered and he was widely believed to still be alive.
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