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1:02 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Homicides In Juarez Spike, But Still Below Drug War High

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 6:16 am

During the month of March, 45 homicides were reported in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, according to Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office. The deaths mark a spike, and growing concern during a relatively calm period for the border city.

But in the context of the Drug War, these numbers still represent a peaceful lull in recent history.

In March 2010, at the peak of the Drug War, there were 240 reported homicides in Juarez. In March 2011, there were 106. Yet the 45 reported deaths in March are the highest so far in 2013, nearly doubling the numbers from both January (25) and February (26).

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