At least 30 killed in Mexican drug-related violence

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.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 21:18 PM IST

Monterrey: 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.

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 yesterday.

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 Defence 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.

PTI