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Mexico Killings Fall to Lowest in Two Years, Milenio Reports

December 01, 2011

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Killings related to drug violence in Mexico dropped to 756 in November, the lowest monthly tally in two years, the newspaper Milenio reported.

The figure, updated every month by the Mexico City-based daily, pushed the number of killings so far this year to 11,379. The death toll declined from 900 in October and was about half the peak of 1,402 in April, Milenio said today.

Drug-related violence had accelerated this year as President Felipe Calderon pressed ahead with a crackdown on traffickers. Since he took office in December 2006, the death toll related to organized crime has reached almost 43,000, according to an Oct. 4 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Of last month’s deaths, 60 percent took place in the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Mexico, Milenio said.

--With assistance from Nacha Cattan in Mexico City. Editors: Philip Sanders, Harry Maurer

To contact the reporter on this story: Crayton Harrison in Mexico City at tharrison5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net


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