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US Citizen Arrested in Shooting of Consular Official in Mexico

Monday, January 9, 2017 2:58
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Original article available at Siglo De Torreon
Translated by El Wachito

Mexican authorities in coordination with the FBI, arrested Zia Zafar, a US citizen of 32 years of age and who according to recent investigations, had recently converted to Islam. He is responsible for shooting a US Embassy employee last Saturday, January 6, in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

The location of Zafar was discovered through the information obtained through a credit card payment in a coffee shop of Colonia Arcos Vallarta, in Guadalajara.
Zia Zafar was arrested at his home, were the sunglasses and the wig that were used during the aggression were also found. 
After the attack, investigators reviewed the images captured by the security cameras of the area, and from there they tracked Zia Zafar till the moment of the attack. 
The cameras revealed that he was at a Starbucks moments before the attack. According to images obtained from security cameras of Starbucks, he was wearing the same wig and the sunglasses , that he was wearing when he attacked Christopher Nolan Ashcraft, who was identified as the victim by the British newspaper The Guardian. 
According to investigations, Zia Zafar arrived to Guadalajara on the 25th of November of 2016, flight 5939 of the American Eagle Airline from Phoenix, Arizona. 
This Sunday afternoon, during a press release, the PGR and the Secretary of Foreign Relations informed that the arrested individual would be sent back to the United States.
Zia Zafar was born on January 1st of 1985 and it was confirmed that he recently converted to Islam.
Nolan Ashcraft received a single gunshot to the chest; therefore the authorities believe that Zafar has training in firearms.
The FBI is participating in the investigations and offered 20 thousand dollars in exchange of information involved with the case.
Law enforcement personnel of Jalisco, Eduargo Almaguer Ramirez, claimed that the victim was in charge of immigration visa interviews. 


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