FACTBOX-Worst attacks in Mexico’s drug war

Dec 17 (BestGrowthStock) – More than 140 inmates escaped from a
prison near the U.S. border on Friday and suspected hitmen blew
up a car outside a police station in the latest escalation of
an increasingly brutal drug war. [ID:nN17122621]

Below are some of the worst attacks since President Felipe
Calderon took office in December 2006 and declared war on
powerful drug cartels. More than 30,000 people have been killed
in drug-related violence since then.

* Sept 15, 2008 – Suspected members of the Zetas drug gang
tossed grenades into a crowd celebrating Mexico’s independence
day in the western city of Morelia, killing eight people and
wounding more than 100.

* Jan 31, 2010 – Suspected cartel hitmen killed 13 high
school students and two adults at a party in Ciudad Juarez
across from El Paso, Texas.

* March 13 – Hitmen killed three people linked to the U.S.
consulate in Ciudad Juarez in March, provoking “outrage” from
U.S. President Barack Obama.

* March 28 – Gunmen in northwestern Durango state killed 10
people, as young as 8 years old, after the pick-up truck they
were traveling in sped through a roadblock on a highway in the
drug-producing “Golden Triangle” region.

* June 7 – Police pulled 55 bodies out of a mine in the
colonial town of Taxco near Mexico City over several days. Some
bodies were in advanced states of decomposition.

* June 11 – Two dozen heavily armed gunmen burst into a
drug rehabilitation clinic in the northern city of Chihuahua
and killed 19 addicts, ranging in age from 18 to 25.

* June 28 – Suspected cartel hitmen shot and killed a
popular gubernatorial candidate in the northern state of
Tamaulipas in the worst cartel attack on a politician to date.
Rodolfo Torre, 46, and four aides from the opposition
Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, were ambushed on
their way to a campaign event for the July 4 state election.

* July 15 – A 22-pound (10-kg) car bomb killed four people
in Ciudad Juarez in a blast detonated by cell phone, the first
such attack since Calderon took office.

* July 18 – Gunmen burst into a birthday party in the
northern city of Torreon, using automatic weapons to kill 17
party-goers and wound 18 others. Mexican authorities later said
those responsible were incarcerated cartel hitmen let out of
jail by corrupt officials. The killers allegedly borrowed
weapons and vehicles from prison guards and later returned to
their cells.

* July 24 – Police unearthed 51 bodies in a grave outside
Mexico’s business capital Monterrey in northern Mexico over
several days. Some corpses were burned beyond recognition.

* Aug 18 – The body of the mayor of Santiago, a colonial
tourist town near Monterrey, was dumped on a rural road, two
days after he was taken from his home. Calderon condemned the
killing of Edelmiro Cavazos, the latest attack on public
officials in the drug war.

* Aug 25 – Marines found 58 men and 14 women at a ranch
near the Gulf of Mexico in Tamaulipas state, some 90 miles (150
km) from the Texas border, after a firefight with drug hitmen
in which three gunmen and a marine died.

* Oct 22 – Suspected drug hitmen killed 14 people, mainly
teenagers, at a birthday party in Ciudad Juarez.

* Oct 24 – In Tijuana across the border from San Diego,
California, hitmen shot and killed 14 people at a drug rehab
clinic, the most violent attack this year in a city that
appeared to be enjoying an improvement in security.

* Oct 27 – Gunmen opened fire on staff and customers in a
car wash on the outskirts of the city of Tepic in Nayarit state
in western Mexico, killing 15 people working there.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Xavier Briand)

FACTBOX-Worst attacks in Mexico’s drug war