HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico's public security minister, a key figure in the war against drug cartels, was killed along with eight others on Wednesday when his helicopter went down in mountains near the capital.
Rescue workers found the burned wreckage of Ramon Martin Huerta's aircraft six hours after contact was lost early into a flight from the capital to a high security prison.
In a televised address, President Vicente Fox vowed to push on with his fight against violent gangs running drugs into the United States.
Martin Huerta, a former governor of the central state of Guanajuato, was a top figure in a battle launched this year on drug-related crime on the U.S. border and western Mexico, where violence has spiraled.
More than 1,000 people have been killed this year as drug gangs fight over lucrative smuggling routes to the United States.