Wave of Mexican drug violence claims 34 lives in two days

Yet another wave of killing blamed on drug rings in Mexico has claimed 34 lives in two days.

Acapulco: Yet another wave of
killing blamed on drug rings in Mexico has claimed 34 lives in
two days, authorities have said.

The killings took place between Friday and Saturday
overwhelmingly in Mexico`s north, close to the lucrative US
drug market.

In the town of San Jose de la Cruz, in an isolated
mountain region in the northern state of Durango, presumed
rival drug gangs clashed in a bloodnbath that left 14 people
dead, the local prosecutor said yesterday.

The Sinaloa cartel is active in much of Durango. It is
led by Joaquin alias "El Chapo" Guzman, one of Mexico`s most
wanted criminals. His organisation is clashing with other
cartels, including the Juarez cartel, for control of illegal
drug moving routes.

The Juarez cartel is active in Chihuahua state --
which shares a long border with the US state of Texas. In
Chihuahua another 20 murders took place in that short time
frame, authorities said.

Nine of the killings took place in Ciudad Juarez.

Much of the country`s drug-related violence has
occurred in the northern border region, and Nuevo Leon also
has experienced a dramatic rise in deadly clashes between the
Gulf cartel and its former allies, the Zetas.

More than 28,000 people are believed to have been
killed in drug cartel-related violence in Mexico since late
2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a military
crackdown.

PTI

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