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Mexico homicide rate soars in 2017 with more than 25,000 people killed

January 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexico homicide rate soars in 2017 with more than 25,000 people killed

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The number of individuals slain in Mexico hit a record peak in 2017 as a surge of violence continues to sweep the country.

The murder count for 2017 hit 25,339 as gang disputes, and violent battles against drug cartels are being waged in more regions than ever before.

Estimated based on the murders that took place between January and November had already set 2017 as a record-breaking year for murders in the country. However, an additional 2,219 victims were killed in December alone, the Guardian reported.

The previous number of murders in Mexico was 22,409, in 2011.

Many places of the country have been under siege as criminals, local police, and military battle for control since Felipe Calderon began a controversial anti-drug movement in 2006.

Approximately 200,000 people are believed to have died in the turmoil.

The numbers for 2017 do not reveal what percentage of the killings are related to organized crime, but experts believe that it is a significant majority.

The majority of murders were recorded in states where cartels are deeply entrenched, including Guerrero in the south, where tourists have vacationed in Acapulco, and Veracruz in the east.

However, the bloodshed has also expanded to areas previously immune, including Baja California Sur, Colima, and Guanajuato.

It occurred after the apprehension of key cartel leaders, which experts believe may have led to a rise in the amount of independent criminal groups.

To address the increase in attacks, Mexico’s congress has approved another controversial law that formalized the military’s position in security.

The decision drew criticism from human rights groups who are worried about the militarization of Mexico.

The homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants in the country is now 20.51 – which is an increase from 16.80 in 2016 when 20,545 victims were killed.

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