Sunday, April 23, 2017

30 dead in largest surge of gang violence in Mexico since 2011

This weekend, 30 deaths related to gun-related violence occurred over the weekend in Mexico, the highest since 2011. Of the 30, 10 were killed in Sinaloa state on Sunday Morning in different accidents. This region has seen an influx of gang violence, after cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, formerly head of operation in Sinaloa, was captured and extradited last year. Nine other deaths occurred in the Mexican state Michoacan in a battle between rival gangs in the village of Churumuco on Saturday. Five more bodies were found in Guerro on Sunday, while six more were found in Veracruz. In march, there were 2020 murders, second only to June of 2011. President Enrique Nieto is facing heavy criticism over his handling of the rise in violence.

-Bobby Gannon

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