Mexican Mayor Shot Dead at Desk
Clinton: Drug violence becoming an 'insurgency'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2010 2:24 AM CDT
Alexander Lopez, mayor of El Naranjo in San Luis Potosi state, was killed by four hooded gunmen.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – The mayor of a small Mexican town in an area being fought over by drug cartels was shot dead in his office yesterday. Four hooded gunmen stepped out of a truck at city hall in broad daylight and killed Alexander Garcia, CNN reports. Garcia is the third mayor to be assassinated in Mexico in under a month amid drug violence that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says is beginning to resemble an "insurgency."

Clinton told a gathering of foreign policy experts that Mexico is "looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, when the narco-traffickers controlled certain parts of the country," the BBC reports. She noted that insurgency tactics like car bombings are becoming more common. A Mexican government spokesman angrily rejected the analogy, stressing that the government is not at risk of losing control of any of its territory.