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A Mexican army official has confirmed that soldiers shot and killed a leading figure in one of the country's most powerful drugs cartels.
A military spokesman says Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel was shot dead after resisting arrest and firing on soldiers in the western city of Jalisco.
He was one of the most wanted drug lords in Mexico and the US.
Coronel was believed to be responsible for producing the bulk of meth-amphetamine that flows from Mexico into the US market.
His death is a much-awaited victory in Mexico's anti-drug war, initiated by President Felipe Calderon in 2006.
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