Organized Crime Killings Soar in Jalisco

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Killings linked to organized crime have nearly tripled in Jalisco, from 67 in the first quarter of 2010 to 181 in the same period this year, according to federal government figures. Milenio magazine says that disputes over the control of the zones and vendettas between organized criminal groups are the main reasons for this rise. The number of these executions has been rising in 2011, from 50 in January to 75 in March. The city of Guadalajara is the area worst-hit both by organized-crime murders and by other killings.

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