Crime and Violence

Killings in Chihuahua

Ten men were killed in Chihuahua on Monday, including four who were shot in their car on their way back from the funeral of another individual who was executed, and a man shot while in the hospital according to the Sub Attorney of Justice of the state of Chihuahua.

More than 2,300 people have been killed so far this year in Ciudad Juarez (a city with 1.3 million inhabitants), where 8,500 soldiers were deployed in February to contain the confrontation between two powerful drug cartels that compete for the territory.

Moreover, in the municipality of Nuevo Casas Grandes (50,000 inhabitants) “a man was executed while recuperating in a local hospital, after being wounded by gunshot 24 hours before in the outskirts of a dance hall,” reported the State Office. An armed commando passed through the clinic staff, accessed the area of intensive therapy, and fired twice at the victim.

In 2006 the Mexican Government launched a deployment of nearly 50,000 soldiers against the drug cartels, who have been responsible for more than 14,000 deaths since then according to La Reforma.


AFP, “Matan a 4 en Chihuahua que regresaban de funeral de ejecutado.” La Jornada, December 12, 2009.

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