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Spanish Politician Gunned Down in Public

Officials say Carrasco was killed over personal grudge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2014 2:38 AM CDT
Spanish Politician Gunned Down in Public
Isabel Carrasco, 59, was shot dead in Leon yesterday.   (Opinionista Italiano)

(Newser) – A leading politician in northern Spain was shot dead in broad daylight yesterday in what investigators say was a "personal act of vengeance," not a political assassination. Isabel Carrasco, the head of the provincial government in Leon, was shot as she crossed a footbridge on her way from her home to the local party headquarters, the Guardian reports. Police arrested a 55-year-old woman and her 35-year-old daughter.

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The arrested women are believed to be the wife and daughter of a local police chief, and the daughter had been recently fired from a job at the provincial council, the BBC reports. Three days of mourning have been declared in the region and campaigning for European Union elections has been put on hold. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy condemned the "vile" killing and said security forces "have been working since the first moments to clarify the circumstances of this miserable crime and bring its author or authors to justice." (Read more Spain stories.)

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