Mexican drug war erupts: At least 30 die in separate incidents

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, February 12, 2011 21:27 EDT
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At least 30 people died in a staggering surge in drug-related violent crime in Mexico rocking the cities of Monterrey and Guadalajara, and the northern state of Chihuahua, police said Saturday.

The attacks were the latest deadly violence gripping Mexico’s war on drugs, as the country’s various criminal cartels struggle over turf and the government uses police and soldiers in an attempt to crush them.

In Chihuahua state, 11 people were slain in several separate murders in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s deadliest city, across from the US city of El Paso, Texas between late Friday and Saturday, authorities said.

And gunmen shot dead five men together in an additional group killing on a highway between Chihuahua city, the state capital, and Ciudad Juarez, police said.

Separately, around 4:00 am (1000 GMT) a special unit of soldiers and police known as the Immediate Reaction Group stopped two suspicious vehicles in a suburb of the industrial city of Monterrey, the Secretariat of Defense said.

The car occupants responded by pulling out weapons and opening fire.

“Seven alleged aggressors lost their lives” in the shootout, the secretariat said in a statement, adding that the attackers “struck the side of a vehicle, resulting in a civilian death.”

Monterrey, a prosperous city and home to the local operations of several multinational corporations, is at the intersection of several highways — often used as drug smuggling routes — heading north into the United States.

Two rival drug organizations, the Gulf cartel and their former allies, the Zetas, are battling for control of the area.

Meanwhile, at around the same time an unknown assailant threw a fragmentation grenade at the porch of a crowded bar in the western city of Guadalajara, police told reporters.

Gunmen opened fire at the bar, which was packed with customers, then fled in several cars.

Three women and three men were killed in the attack and more than 20 were wounded, police said.

Drug gangs have escalated a violent turf war in the past weeks in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second most populous city with 4.4 million residents.

This is the second grenade attack on a Guadalajara bar in less than a month: on January 16 an argument between gunmen and musicians ended in a blast that killed two people.

More than 34,600 people have died in drug trafficking related violence since December 2006, when the government of President Felipe Calderon deployed soldiers and federal police in a widespread crackdown on the illegal cartels.

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  • Anonymous

    You dumb asses in government, you better start reallizing that it is insane not to make drugs legal and take the money out of it for the black marketers.

    Or you are going to have crime that will make Prohibition look like it was a hippie love-in.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    No no you don’t understand. Crime is when some aging hippy lights up a pipe of herb in the privacy of his own home. It is absolutely vital that this crime be prevented – whatever the cost – no price is too great, our entire civilization depends on this. Obviously.

  • GunTotingLib

    I’ll drink to that!…

  • Anonymous

    Save Lives, create useful jobs, create useful organic quality products: Legalize Hemp

  • Anonymous

    Clinton already said their too much money in it to be legalize … the U S government would rather see the people in jail before they make it legal

  • Anonymous

    That’s only the preferred type of crime for our police to enforce because they can go and have doughnuts shortly afterward. It’s almost as good as sitting in hotel rooms waiting for some hooker they can bust.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Wide open southern border?

    lots of profit in that there “War on Drugs”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U4CB4JMBKUBO6NL2RNREZDZUEA Freeky_Fried_Chicken

    Fake War on Drugz™ = FAIL!

    That war was lost before it started.

    Sham, lie, propaganda, huge cash cow for fascist police state.

  • Anonymous

    The war on American citizens who make the free choice to pursue their happiness by using recreational drugs. We are not fighting inanimate objects, we are fighting our own citizens. We ruin their lives by thousands. We appear to have gone mad. There is no way Mexico would have chosen this condition. It is forced on them by our government. Our war on our own people has spilled over the border, and is being waged in Mexico and Columbia by hired guns for the United States. These are our atrocities, in a war we cannot get to the end of.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Your assumption is that the various “governments” involved aren’t profiting from drugs & the war on drugs. They are.

  • BuzzCoastin

    True, the Land of the Free imprisons more people per capita & in total numbers than any country on Earth. Mostly minorities for non-violent drug crimes. These “criminals” are used to make things, for example more than half of all office furniture is made by prisoners, which seems very apropos. The CIA has been the largest supplier of illegal drugs since Raygun. On & on the list of “profits” go.