Bloody start for 2010, after record killings last year

Fifty-two persons were killed in gang related violence on January 9th, the bloodiest single day in this sexenio; the toll over the first nine days of the year was 189 according to Excelsior.  In the tally kept by El Universal, there were a total of 7,724 gang related killings in 2009, up 37% from 5,630 in 2008. Close to half (3,250) the killings took place in Chihuahua, followed by Sinaloa (930), Durango (734), and Guerrero (672).  (Excelsior 1/10, Universal 1/1)

The El Universal summary of the year’s violence is here: Universal narcoguerra summary

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