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article imageAround 34 people are 'executed' daily in Mexico

By Valerie Benguiat     Jul 24, 2013 in World
On average, 34 people die every day in Mexico, in crimes related to drug trafficking and the war on drugs. In the latest numbers released by Mexico’s government, 4,451 people had been murdered in the period between January and April 2013.
Besides the 4,451 deaths, this year there are 26 people that have been reported missing and are currently unaccounted for.
January and February of 2013 have been the months with the lowest number of deaths compared to the previous 40 months, with 1,104 deaths and 914 deaths respectively.
People killed execution-style by drug gangs are found shot, beheaded, dismembered and wrapped in black plastic bags, with or without written messages in pieces of cardboard.
In Mexico, drug cartel-related executions have become so common that some news outlets such as Reforma have “executometers” on their websites, which record the number of deaths reported every day.
During the government of former President Felipe Calderon there were 101,199 deaths related to drug crimes and organized crime, while during the government of ex president Vicente Fox there were 74,586.
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