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Over 22,000 people killed in Mexican drug violence since 2006

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Uploaded on Apr 21, 2010

At least 22,700 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon took office and deployed troops and Mexican federal police against drug gangs along the U.S. border and in a number of interior cities and states. Estimates until now, compiled by Mexican media and based on crime reports from individual states, had put the death toll at around 18,000. The higher estimates, delivered to senators in a Monday evening meeting, were first reported Tuesday by the Mexico City newspaper Reforma and confirmed by the Associated Press. Gangland violence killed more than 9,600 people nationwide in 2009 and at least 3,300 so far this year, the report said. Ciudad Juarez, bordering El Paso, has by far been the most violent area for drug violence, with more than 4,300 killed in the city of fewer than 1.5 million in the past two years. Other particularly violent states include Sinaloa, Michoacan, Guerrero and Durango, where criminal syndicates are battling for control of smuggling routes and market access to U.S. and Mexican consumers of illegal drugs. Violence also has spiked this year in Morelos state, just south of Mexico City and in the northeastern states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, which border South Texas, amid bloody breaks between former underworld allies.

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