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Co Louth man (29) killed in car-jacking in Mexico

The US-Mexico border. A 29-year-old man from Co Louth has been killed during an apparent car-jacking in Mexico. File picture by Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press

A 29-year-old man from Co Louth has been killed during an apparent car-jacking in Mexico.

The man, who has been named as Noel Maguire, was shot in Lazaro Cardenas in the state of Michoacán in the south-west of the country.

The circumstances around his death remain unclear but it is understood Mr Maguire was travelling in the area with his partner, who is thought to be American.

According to reports, two men attempted to rob the couple at a petrol station.

Mr Maguire was shot trying to defend his girlfriend. Their car was also stolen.

State Attorney General in Michoacán, José Martín Godoy Castro, said police are trying to trace the stolen vehicle.

It is understood that Mr Maguire, who was travelling on an Irish passport, was carrying a British driving licence.

The Republic's Department of Foreign Affairs said it was providing assistance.

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