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10 arrested in Puebla in police killings

Two ex-police officers among suspects in assassination of Federal Police officials

Murder victim Castagné.

The National Security Commission says 10 men involved in the murder of senior Federal Police officials in Veracruz last Saturday were arrested in the city of Puebla early yesterday morning.

Juan Camilo Castagné Velasco, head of the Veracruz office of the Federal Police, was killed along with another senior officer in a restaurant in the municipality of La Antigua. A third officer was wounded.

The arrest was not a peaceful one: residents of the San José Mayorazgo neighborhood, where the suspects were allegedly hiding, told the newspaper Milenio that they heard gunshots. Neighbors also witnessed the seizure of several vehicles.

Police said intelligence efforts and two anonymous tips led to the apprehension of the murder suspects.

Federal Police commissioner Manelich Castilla Craviotto traveled to Veracruz on the weekend to head up the investigation.

The 10 detainees are originally from the state of Veracruz, most of them from the municipalities of La Antigua and Alvarado, and are presumed to have been employed as sicarios, or hitmen, and extortionists by the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel.

The Federal Police said two were former state and municipal police officers.

Four men participated directly in the attack, opening fire on Castagné and his companions. The other six participated either as halcones, or lookouts, or by driving the getaway vehicles.


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