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Border Patrol Agents traveling on horseback near the U.S.-Mexico border were attacked by unknown assailants early today. One Agent was shot to death and another wounded with non-life-threatening injuries. A third escaped injury. The agents were investigating the triggering of a border sensor near Naco, Arizona. It is not known whether they returned fire.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is requesting more information about the shooting, said in a statement, “Border Patrol agents put their lives on the line every day to stop the border crossers and drug cartel members who venture illegally into the United States.  There’s no way to know at this point how the agent was killed...We all mourn for the Border Patrol agent who was killed near the border station named after another fallen hero and fellow agent.”

Calif. Rep. Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the House Committee investigating the Fast and Furious scandal, said "It's a tragic reminder of the dangers the brave men and women who guard our borders face every day. Just last month, I attended a ceremony with agents based at the Bisbee station naming it in honor of their fallen colleague, Brian Terry. My prayers are with the family of the agent who lost his life today and his wounded colleague. Authorities must investigate the full circumstances of this shooting. I urge everyone to think of the families of these agents and avoid drawing conclusions before relevant facts are known.”

The part of Arizona where the agents were shot is a major route for smuggling drugs and illegal aliens into the United States. In February, Border Agents broke up a drug trafficking network in the same area. It led to the confiscation of 15 tons of cocaine and marijuana.

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Updated: Fri, Oct 5th 2012 @ 2:29pm EDT