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Mexico Sees Record-breaking Drug Murder Toll

HOMICIDES / 2 MAY 2011 BY VANESSA PAZ LECOMPTE EN

Mexico saw its highest monthly toll of murders related to organized crime of the last four years, with 1,402 such killings in April. This is an almost 10 percent raise on last year’s worst month, which was August with 1,322 drug murders, newspaper Milenio reported.

The increase was generated not only by battles between drug cartels, but by criminal groups murdering Central American migrants who pass through Mexican territory on their way to United States.

The newspaper reports that 24 percent of April's drug crime victims were found in mass graves. Meanwhile El Diario de Juarez, based in Ciudad Juarez which is often rated as the most dangerous place in Mexico, reported that in April the city saw its lowest murder rate of the last 14 months.

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