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Drug attacks kill at least 20

Latest update : 2009-04-18

Twenty people including a US citizen were killed in fresh drugs-related violence in Mexico on Friday. The attacks come a day after US President Barack Obama vowed to support Mexican authorities to fight drug cartels.

AFP - Twenty died in the latest suspected Mexican drug attacks, including a US citizen and three decapitations, officials said Friday, hours after US President Barack Obama vowed to help Mexico fight violent cartels.
  
More than 7,000 people have been killed since the start of last year in clashes between Mexican cartels and security forces, amid a military crackdown involving tens of thousands of troops.
  
In Mexico City on Thursday, Obama admitted US responsibility in Mexico's drug problem and called for a crackdown on weapons trafficking, but acknowledged the political challenges involved in banning some of the most dangerous weapons, as called for by Mexico.
  
In the latest violence, a carload of gunmen shot dead a 32-year US citizen as he entered a house in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez overnight Thursday, the deputy state attorney general's office said Friday.
  
Police found another five bullet-riddled male bodies near a road in the same northern state of Chihuahua, the attorney general's office said.
  
Police found four other bodies in the state, including that of a woman in a car with Texas licence plates in Ciudad Juarez.
  
The government recently sent an extra 5,000 troops to that volatile border city, where more than 1,600 alone died in 2008.
  
In another hotspot, police found four bodies, three of which were decapitated, in a village in western Michoacan state, according to the state prosecutor's office.
  
Six tortured male bodies were found in two other villages, including two carrying messages from the powerful La Familia cartel to the Zetas, hitmen for the Gulf cartel.

Date created : 2009-04-18

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