Top Honduran Anti-Drug Official, Julian Aristides Gonzalez, Executed

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduran police say two gunmen riding motorcycles have shot and killed the country’s top anti-drug official.

The victim is retired General Julian Aristides Gonzalez, the general director of the Office for Combating Drug Trafficking.

National police spokesman Orlin Cerrato says Gonzalez was traveling in his car when the motorcycles pulled up to the vehicle and opened fire at close range.

Cerrato said the attack took place Tuesday on the outskirts of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

Honduras has seen a number of attacks on officials or their relatives since the June 28 coup that ousted President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, but officials have found no direct link to politics. Drug trafficking has also been increasing in Honduras.

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