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Surge in homicides in October sparks fears of new drug war in Juarez, Mexico

October 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Surge in homicides in October sparks fears of new drug war in Juarez, Mexico

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After a two-year period of relative calm, violence is once again on the rise in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, with the rate of intentional homicides surging to levels not seen since the previous drug war, which earned the city the title “The Murder Capital of the World.”

Authorities reported a total of 183 homicides in the state of Chihuahua during the month of October, half of those occurred in the city of Ciudad Juarez located on the border just across from El Paso in the same period sparking fears of a renewed drug war between cartel groups.

Sixteen drug-related murders occurring over a two-day period this week, six on Thursday and ten on Friday, increased the total number to 90 homicides in Ciudad Juarez for the month of October, hitting a new high for the third month in a row.

According to Proceso, a gun battle which erupted on Friday behind a pocket billiards in the Torres del Sur section of the city resulted in the deaths of three men while two others died during a shootout in the Hacienda de las Torres colony.

Later in the day law enforcement officials said assassins executed a man in a home located in the Mexican Revolution area and reported another four executions, all male victims in separate incidents across the city.

Meanwhile, on Thursday afternoon hitmen massacred six people, five men and a woman at a motel just outside Ciudad Juarez.

Two people were injured but managed to flee the attack. Investigators discovered 30 shell casings at the scene of the mass shooting.

Witnesses stated the suspects fled the south of the capital immediately after the shooting occurred.

In 2008, Ciudad Juarez descended into a state of chaos after the Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman launched a hostile takeover of the city’s drug-smuggling routes traditionally held by the Juarez cartel.

The violence began to cease in 2011 after the Sinaloa cartel began to assume control of Juarez.

However, experts now attribute the reemergence of violence to the arrest of “Chapo” Guzman, whose capture appears to have re-ignited another war between drug trafficking groups.

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