25 Slain in Mexico; 85 Inmates Escape

Ciudad Juarez's deadliest day, biggest jail break in years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2010 9:48 AM CDT
25 Slain in Mexico; 85 Inmates Escape
A crime scene investigator points his flashlight at a body in front of a home in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, early Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.   (Raymundo Ruiz)

(Newser) – Gunmen killed 25 people in a series of drug-gang attacks in Ciudad Juarez yesterday, marking the deadliest day in more than two years for the Mexican border city. Farther east on the border, 85 inmates scaled the walls of a prison and escaped Friday in Mexico's biggest jail break in recent memory.

Despite the violence, President Felipe Calderon hotly disputed a statement this week by Hillary Clinton saying Mexico resembled Colombia two decades ago. "I think the main thing we have in common with Colombia is that both of our countries suffer from US drug consumption," Calderon told the Spanish-language network Univision. "We are both victims of the enormous American consumption of drugs, and now the sales of weapons." (Read more Ciudad Juarez stories.)

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