Killings related to drug violence in Mexico climbed 0.9 percent in 2012 from the year before, newspaper Milenio reported today on its website.
Last year’s death toll of 12,394 pushed the number of killings in the past six years to more than 54,000, according to the Mexico City-based daily. The deadliest year was 2010 with 12,658 deaths.
There were 982 deaths in December, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s first month in office, 33 more than in the previous month, Milenio said. Two states bordering the U.S. had the highest death tolls in December: 122 in Chihuahua and 105 in Coahuila.