Woman Mexican police chief gunned down

Nov. 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM

MEOQUI, Mexico, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- One of Mexico's few female police chiefs was killed by gunmen as she drove to work by herself, authorities said.

Hermila Garcia, 38, a lawyer by profession, was killed Monday, only two months after becoming chief of police in the town of Meoqui, Chihuahua, CNN reported.

Garcia was one a small number of women who have assumed law-enforcement leadership roles in a violence-riddled country where men have shied away due to fear, CNN said.

Rival drug cartels' feuding over lucrative smuggling channels, in addition to police efforts against the drug activity is the cause of violence in Chihuahua, CNN said.

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