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BBC News – Mexico Interior Secretary Blake dies in helicopter crash

November 11, 2011
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Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior, Francisco Blake Mora, has died in a helicopter crash outside Mexico City, officials say.

The helicopter was travelling to Cuernavaca in neighbouring Morelos state for a meeting of prosecutors when it went down.

All eight people on board were killed. It is not clear what caused the crash.

Mr Blake, 45, was appointed interior secretary in July last year, overseeing police forces fighting drug cartels.

“Unfortunately the interior secretary, his [assistants] and the helicopter crew were found dead,” government spokeswoman Alejandra Sota said.

The interior secretary is Mexico’s senior cabinet position and the top official after the president, with responsibility for domestic affairs and security.

Mr Blake was President Felipe Calderon’s fourth interior secretary. One of his predecessors, Juan Camilo Mourino, was killed in a plane crash in Mexico City three years ago.

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