53 Killed in 72 Hours in Ciudad Juarez

City has seen 8 deaths per day this year
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2011 6:26 AM CST
53 Killed in 72 Hours in Ciudad Juarez
A masked municipal policeman stands in front of a Red Cross ambulance outside a shopping mall in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Thursday Jan. 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Raymundo Ruiz)

The number is a hefty one even for the crime-ridden town of Ciudad Juarez: 53 dead in one of the deadliest 72-hour periods the Mexican city has recently seen. Police tell CNN that 14 were killed on Thursday; 20 on Friday; and 19 on Saturday, including a police officer shot 10 times after giving a man a driving ticket. Three other police officers were killed in the violence. A police rep says Ciudad Juarez has averaged 8 homicides per day in the first 40 days of this year. Meanwhile, 13 taxi drivers were reported killed in the resort town of Acapulco. (More Mexico stories.)

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