Mexican border town averaged 8.5 drug killings per day in 2010

Posted on January 2, 2011

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, seen from El Paso, Texas

Image by Spolster via Flickr

On the increase for the last three years, the city of Ciudad-Juarez, across the border from El Paso, had a record number of drug killings in 2010.  A total of 3111 people were killed in that city alone last year:

The embattled border city of Ciudad Juarez had its bloodiest year ever with 3,111 people killed in drug violence, an official said Saturday.

The city across from El Paso, Texas, has seen its homicide rate soar to one of the highest in the world since vicious turf battles broke out between gangs representing the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels in 2008.

That year, 1,587 people were killed in drug violence, and the toll increased to 2,643 in 2009.

Ciudad Juarez’s bloodiest month last year was October, when 359 people were killed, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for prosecutors in Chihuahua state, where the city is located.

Sandoval did not give statistics on murders unrelated to the drug war.

The total number of drug related killings have now topped 30,000 since 2006 and it doesn’t appear the numbers will be coming down any time soon.  

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