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Drug-Kingpin Takedowns Spur Turf Wars as Murders Surge in Mexico

  • Violence returns to levels not seen since before Pena Nieto
  • All homicides are up 15%; a tally of drug killings spiked 33%

Three years after Mexicans elected President Enrique Pena Nieto on a pledge of putting an end to the murder and violence gripping the nation, killings have returned to the dark days of his predecessor’s administration.

Homicides rose 15 percent to 9,400 in the first half from a year earlier, the government said in July, reaching levels of former President Felipe Calderon’s term. But drug-related killings have soared even more according to one tally: Milenio newspaper, which has tracked organized-crime deaths since 2006, reports a 33 percent surge through July.