Skip to comments.2011 drug violence kills nearly 13,000 in Mexico, new figures show
Posted on 01/11/2012 3:54:34 PM PST by ColdOne
(CNN) -- Almost 13,000 people were killed in Mexico by suspected drug violence in the first three quarters of 2011, the country's federal attorney general's office said Wednesday.
The figure was the first official tally given by the government for 2011. The exact number -- 12,903 -- corresponds to the deaths reported by state authorities to the federal government that they believe were the result of intercartel rivalry.
The figure covers January to September of last year and is not broken down into categories such as how many victims were civilians, how many were innocent bystanders or how many were the result of shootouts with authorities.
The attorney general's office portrayed the numbers as a sign that the growth rate of the killings that have plagued the country has decreased.
The growth rate of killings between September 2010 to September 2011 was 11%, compared with 70% between 2009 and 2010, the agency said.
The killings were also clearly concentrated in certain parts of the country, the agency said. Some 70% of the killings reported so far for 2011 happened in just eight states, the agency said.
But if the last quarter of 2011 averages the same number of killings as the first three quarters, then Mexico would surpass 17,000 deaths for the year, a new record. The current deadliest year, 2010, recorded 15,273 drug-related killings.
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How many were the bad guys??? It could be a nice start.
Its mostly civilians and child “bad guys” taken off the street and forced into crime, probably a good deal of law enforcement officers as well. As much as the open border hurts the US, it hurts Mexico even more, all their drug troubles would end if the border was secured.
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