Over 12,000 people died in drug-related violence in 2011 in Mexico, and about 50,000 have been killed since the start of president Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on drug gangs in 2006, media reported on Monday.
The reports came out as brutal violence continued to rock parts of Mexico amid a military crackdown on organised crime involving tens of thousands of troops.
Reforma daily counted 12,539 drug-related killings in 2011, which it said was a 6.3 per cent increase on the previous year. The government has said 15,273 people were killed in 2010, without offering specifics on its count, making it the deadliest year since Mr Calderon launched his crackdown, in an election year in which drug violence is a key concern. Read the full article »»»»