More than 12,000 killed in Mexican drug war this year, officials say
The overall death toll in the 4-year-old war is said to be 30,196, but it could be higher. A top official says recent operations against cartels have weakened them.
By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2010, 4:30 p.m.
Reporting from Mexico City — More than 12,000 people have died this year in Mexico’s drug war, officials said Thursday, making it the deadliest year since President Felipe Calderon launched a government crackdown against traffickers in 2006.
The federal attorney general’s office said 12,456 people were killed through Nov. 30.
The overall death toll since the launch of the drug war stands at 30,196, according to figures given to reporters during a year-end breakfast session with Atty. Gen. Arturo Chavez Chavez.
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But that figure appeared to underestimate the toll. Federal officials announced in August that 28,228 had been killed in the war, meaning the death rate would have to have slowed considerably since then. But there has been no sign of easing violence as cartels have remained locked in fierce turf battles that have most contributed to the rising toll.
Estimates by Mexican intelligence put the death count at about 32,000.