Juarez, Mexico – Authorities say this year's death toll in drug-related violence in the border city of Ciudad Juarez rose to 3,000 Tuesday after two men were shot dead on a street.
Juarez is the city hardest hit by Mexico's drug war and has seen its homicide rate rise to one of the highest in the world. That's after vicious turf battles broke out between gangs representing the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels in 2008.
That year, 1,623 people were killed in drug-related violence, and the toll increased to 2,763 deaths in 2009.
With prosecutors' spokesman Arturo Sandoval announcing the latest grim milestone, a total of 7,386 people have died in the city of 1.3 million people across the border from El Paso, Texas, in three years.
Information from: KVIA-TV, http://www.kvia.com
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