Mexican police chief resigns amid threats

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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - The police chief of Mexico's largest border city has stepped down after criminal gangs threatened to kill more cops if he didn't resign.

Public Safety Secretary Roberto Orduna's decision to quit came hours after a Ciudad Juarez officer and jail guard turned up dead.

Both bodies had messages from unnamed criminal gangs saying at least one officer would be killed every two days until he quits.

The mayor had insisted their city wouldn't back down. But Orduna said Friday that he doesn't want to put more lives at risk.

Ciudad Juarez police have long come under attack, and many officers have quit out of fear for their lives.

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