More Than 2 Dozen Killed in Mexican Drug Violence

Body of newspaper editor found as violence continues
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 11, 2008 10:06 AM CDT
Army soldiers stand with their drugs-sniffing dogs during a training at a military base in Mexico City, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. Mexico is cracking down on drug cartels.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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(Newser) – Mexican gangs battling over drug routes to the US show no signs of easing up on the mayhem, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a spasm of violence over the last 2 days, gunmen raked patrons of a bar in Chihuahua and killed 11; a newspaper publisher was shot to death and dumped on a roadside; two federal agents and two suspected smugglers died in a highway shootout; and 13 people were shot to death in Tijuana.

Mexico is in the midst of an unprecedented wave of violence as gangs battle with authorities and with each other over control of routes to California, Arizona, and Texas, the New York Times notes. More than 3,000 people have died this year alone.