Top Story — The body of Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano, alias “The Executioner,” was stolen out of the funeral home where it was being kept by armed men, Mexican authorities said on Tuesday.
Lazcano was allegedly killed on Sunday afternoon and his identity was confirmed on Tuesday by the Mexican Navy. However, the military seems to have been unaware that they had killed Lazcano until after his body was snatched.
Lazcano, for whom there was a $5 million U.S. bounty, is the most powerful leader to be killed in a six-year battle with the cartels.
Neither Mexican President Felipe Calderón nor U.S. authorities have confirmed the death of Lazcano.
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- The case of an Argentine naval ship that was seized by the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority will be heard on Thursday.
- A new military campaign was launched by the Brazilian government to combat crime along the country’s borders with Peru and Bolivia, the Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.