Drug groups gun down Mexican police

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By Laurence Iliff
The Dallas Morning News

MEXICO CITY — Suspected drug trafficking groups are killing Mexico’s future police commanders before they can even emerge from the much-touted academy that is supposed to transform them into world-class officers.

In the past two weeks, five officers-in-training have been gunned down while traveling to and from the Public Security Superior Academy in the central state of San Luis Potosí.

Analysts said the attacks were both a warning to the cadets and to the government, which is waging an unprecedented fight against drug cartels.

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