41 Killed in Ciudad Juarez Murder Spree

Police inaction blamed for sky-high murder rate in Mexican city
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2011 2:35 AM CDT
41 Killed in Ciudad Juarez Murder Spree
People watch as firefighters put out a fire at Las Barritas bar in Ciudad Juarez after an attack by gunmen Friday night. Five people were killed in the attack.   (AP Photo/Raymundo Ruiz)

Last weekend was bloody even by Ciudad Juarez standards. Gunmen killed 41 people in the Mexican city in the 4-day period beginning last Thursday, including 15 people killed in two attacks on bars, and a 10-year-old boy killed during an attack aimed at his father, CNN reports. By comparison, New Orleans—which has a population roughly the same size and the highest murder rate in the US—had 175 murders the whole of last year.

A local criminologist blames a lack of collaboration between the military, local police, and federal police for the endless slaughter, most of which is drug-related. "The police have practically done nothing in Juarez," he says. "On certain occasions they have made some arrests. The police are patrolling, but there is no real strategy to stop crime and violence in Juarez." The killers, he says, "are drugged and insensible people who have no obstacles in performing their jobs." (More Ciudad Juarez stories.)

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