Gunmen ambush, kill a Mexican navy vice admiral, escort officer; injure 2 others

Mexican authorities say gunmen have ambushed and killed a high-ranking navy official and the officer escorting him.

Prosecutors in the western state of Michoacan say Sunday's attack on Vice Adm. Carlos Miguel Salazar happened on a dirt road near the town of Churintzio.

Prosecutors spokesman Alejandro Arellano says the commander's driver apparently took the dirt road because the main highway had been closed. He says an officer serving as the admiral's bodyguard was also killed. He adds that a woman and man were injured.

Navy spokesman Jorge Vazquez says only that two members of the force have died but hasn't released their names.

Since Tuesday, gunmen apparently working for the Knights Templar cartel have been staging a series of attacks on federal police convoys, killing at least four officers.