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Suspect in consular offcial shooting to be deported to United States

A man arrested on suspicion of shooting at a official from the U.S. Consulate General Friday will be deported to the United States, the federal Attorney General’s Office and Foreign Relations Ministry said in a joint communique issued Sunday afternoon.

The man, who was not named in the press release, is a U.S. citizen, the two agencies confirmed. He was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, according to local news reports.

No reason has been given as to the motive for the attack.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised Mexico for acting quickly to arrest the suspect.

“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to thank the government of Mexico for their swift and decisive arrest of a suspect in the heinous attack against our Foreign Service Officer colleague,’’ Kerry said. ‘‘My thoughts and prayers remain with this officer and his family during this difficult time. I wish him a speedy recovery.”

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