Mexico’s deadliest year on record
January 22, 2018 -- There were more than 25,000 murders across Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began. The number is higher than the peak year of Mexico’s drug war in 2011.
The U.S. has recently urged citizens not to visit five violence-ridden Mexican states, placing them in the highest danger category, on a par with war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Clashes between rival drug gangs contributed to a record number of murders in Mexico last year, according to official data, dealing a fresh blow to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s pledge to bring gang violence under control with presidential elections due in July 2018.