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Official: At least 35 killed in drug-related violence across Mexico

April 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Official: At least 35 killed in drug-related violence across Mexico

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At least 35 individuals were killed in Mexico over the weekend in the midst of a widespread increase in drug-related violence that has driven murders to a record not seen since 2011.

In the state of Sinaloa, 12 people were killed in different conflicts since the early hours on Sunday, according to Reuters.

Fighting between cartels have surged in the area after last year’s arrest Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was extradited to the U.S. in January.

Nine people were killed in what prosecutors described as a shootout between rival gangs in the mountains of the Mexican state of Michoacan.

Bodies of seven men were found in Sinaloa over the weekend (Photo: Juan Carlos Cruz)

The gunfight occurred on Saturday in a remote village in the municipality of Churumuco, which borders the state of Guerrero, where eight bodies were discovered on the main street and another in the nearby sierra.

In 2014, the federal government overtook Michoacan for over a year to reduce violence between drug cartels and community militias that had formed to fight against extortion and kidnappings.

The area, especially in Guerrero, is the site of the worst violence in the country as gangs battle over territories of opium poppies, which are used to produce heroin. An increase in demand for heroin in the U.S. has fed the violence.

The body of one of the commoners killed in Arantepácua, Michoacan over the weekend Photo: Enrique Castro

Eight bodies were recovered in different locations around Guerrero on Sunday while another six bodies were discovered in Veracruz.

Violence in Mexico has increased to its most severe since 2011. In March, there were 2020 murders, the highest for any month since June 2011, government data revealed.

President Enrique Pena Nieto is facing increased criticism over his handling of the spike in drug-related violence.

Murders had decreased from their 2011 peak, but killings began surging again over the past two years. Guerrero is the bloodiest state while Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Veracruz are in the top six states for shooting murders.

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