Regional
5:40 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Mayor Of Mexican City Kidnapped

Mexico City – Mexican officials say the mayor of a city on the outskirts of the northern industrial hub of Monterrey has been kidnapped by a gang of more than 15 armed men.

State prosecutor Alejandro Garza says no ransom demand has been received for Edelmiro Cavazos, the mayor of of Santiago in the border state of Nuevo Leon.

Garza said Monday the mayor was taken from his home around midnight. The men wore uniforms from a police agency that was dissolved years ago.

The area has been wracked by bloody drug gang turf battles, and Garza said Cavazos "was cooperating leading the front and showing his face in the fight against organized crime."

A security guard for the mayor who was released shortly after the abduction reported the crime.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.