New murder record in Mexico: More than 1,400 in April
MEXICO CITY - The drug-war death toll for Mexico in April was 1,400, the highest of any month since the Mexican government began its war on illicit drug trade four years ago.
The previous high was 1,322 in August 2010, the daily newspaper Milenio reported Sunday.
Most of the murders in April occurred in northern Mexico, reflecting the trend of recent months as drug cartels battle each other over drug and migrant routes.
An estimated 450 of the dead were found in mass graves, where the cartels try to conceal their grisly harvests. Most of those victims were migrants from countries south of Mexico who were trying to get into the United States.
Organized gangs specialize in kidnapping the migrants and forcing them to turn over their money and work for them, or face death.
In 2010, more than 15,000 people were murdered in Mexico.http://www.bostonherald.com/news/interna...position=recent