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Mexico breaks up plot to kill 2 congressmen


MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors say they have broken up a plot by an armed gang to assassinate two federal legislators.

The intended victims are unharmed. They are brothers, one a senator and one a congressman, from the north-central state of Zacatecas.

Assistant Attorney General Mariana Benitez says members of the gang were arrested today at a downtown Mexico City hotel.

She gave no possible motive for the plot against Sen. David Monreal Avila and Congressman Ricardo Monreal Avila.

Zacatecas has been a hotbed of drug gang activity. In 2009 soldiers raided a warehouse owned by another brother, Candido Monreal. They found 11.4 tons of marijuana inside.

The Monreals said the warehouse had been broken into, and Candido was never charged.

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