A Mexican security chief has been shot dead in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas, officials have confirmed, the BBC reports.
They said Ricardo Nino Villarreal and his wife were killed on Saturday as they drove in the neighbouring Nuevo Leon state, but their bodies were only found by passers-by the following day.
He was one of several men sent by the federal government to stem a wave of violence in Tamaulipas.
The state has been the scene of turf wars between drug-smuggling cartels.
The local officials said Mr Nino Villarreal, a former general, was killed as he drove on the road linking the cities of Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo.
Mr Nino Villarreal – who was security chief for the Nuevo Laredo area – is believed to have been ambushed by the attackers.
More than 100 high-calibre bullet casings were found at the scene of the shooting, according to the AFP news agency.