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1:45 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Juarez: More Than 50 Killings In Three Days

Juarez, Mexico – Police in drug violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, say more than 50 people have been killed in a three-day span.

The El Paso Times reported Monday that the 53 victims, between Thursday and Saturday, included a police officer, a municipal patrolman and a state investigator.

A shootout Thursday in Juarez, across the border from El Paso, left a police officer and two alleged hit men dead. Chihuahua police identified the slain officer as Ricardo Torillo Sandoval.

Later Thursday, state police investigator Jesus Manuel Cruz Landin was shot and killed on his way home. A suspect has been arrested.

On Saturday, Patrolman Benjamin Nunez Nunez was shot and killed by a driver at a traffic stop.

Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia said Saturday that police will keep fighting crime.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.