2,000 die in Mexico’s organised crime

June 30th, 2008 - 12:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, June 30 (IANS) Murders linked with organized crime and drug trafficking in Mexico during the first half of the year have gone well over 2000, EFE said Monday quoting newspaper report. In the latest of the killings, 12 people, among them two minors, were murdered Saturday in the country’s most violent states of Tamaulipas and Chihuahua in the north, El Universal daily reported.

This past week, President Felipe Calderon acknowledged that about 65 percent of the violent crimes in Mexico during the current year have occurred in just two states: Sinaloa in the northeast and Chihuahua.

The attorney general’s office, or PGR, which investigates deaths linked to organized crime, attributes the wave of violence to turf battles among drug cartels, which are trying to reposition their smuggling routes to the United States after the arrests of some of their leaders in recent months.

The Calderon administration has made ending the violence in the country as one of its top priorities.

However, the efforts of the government, which has deployed thousands of soldiers and federal police in the worst-hit states, has failed to contain the surging wave of violence.

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