Mexico: Four years and almost 35,000 killed in drug war

Posted on January 12, 2011

The total number of killings are staggering.  The most shocking number?  The number of deaths by execution-style killing: almost 31,000.

A total of 34,612 people have died in drug-related killings in Mexico in the four years since President Felipe Calderón declared an offensive against cartels shortly after taking office, officials said tonight.

Killings reached their highest level in 2010, when there were 15,273 deaths, up from 9,616 the previous year.

At a meeting with anti-crime groups at which the government presented a data system to track drug-related crimes, Calderón said 2010 had been “a year of extreme violence”.

The office of federal security spokesman, Alejandro Poire, said the four-year figure included 30,913 execution-style killings, 3,153 deaths in shootouts between gangs, and 546 deaths involving attacks on authorities. (emphasis mine)

The article states that about half of all those killings took place in three northern states in Mexico.  Two of those share a border with the U.S.

The good news was that there was a decline in killings at the end of 2010, but unfortunately, no one can guarantee it will stay that way.

Posted in: Mexico