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Saturday, May 08, 2010

US issues new warning on Mexico travel citing rampant organized crime

5/7: "The US State Department has extended its travel warning for Mexico because of concern over drug-related violence.
  • Three more states have been added to the list of places it says Americans should avoid.

The warning says the states of Michoacan and Tamaulipas, as well as parts of Sinaloa, are all troubled by

It warns that criminal gangs are adopting new tactics, including blocking roads with stolen vehicles to impede the security forces, and hijacking cars. And it says the future
  • timing and location of violent incidents is impossible to predict."...photo borderlandbeat from murders earlier this year of US Consulate workers
At least 22,700 people have been killed in Mexican violent crime since 2006. It is common for victims to be tortured before they are killed.

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