REPORT: Mexico Murder Rate UP 33% in 2018, Hits Record High of 33,341 Homicides

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The homicide rate in Mexico increased by a stunning 33% in 2018; hitting an all-time high record as drug violence and gang war continues to plague the region.

“Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country,” writes Reuters.

According to the report, prosecutors opened a stunning 33,341 murder investigations in 2018 compared to the already high 25,036 investigations the previous year.

“Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting,” adds the article.

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