Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Zetas Leader Body Stolen From Funeral Home, Mexico says.

October 10, 2012 By Staff

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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