Drug Violence Escalates in Monterrey and Guadalajara Killing 14
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Drug Violence Escalates in Monterrey and Guadalajara Killing 14

Guadalajara : Mexico | Feb 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM PST
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Earlier this morning in Mexico's second largest city, Guadalajara, Jalisco, armed men in a Jeep Cherokee and a taxi sprayed bullets at a nightclub when some of the men got out of the taxi and threw a grenade into the nightclub entrance of the Butter Club, located in a popular district of restaurants and bars.

Medical Services Director Yannick Nordin states that three people were killed at the scene with three people dying later in hospitals. A Venezuelan and a Colombian national were among those killed and approximately 37 people were injured. The gunmen fled the scene after the attack.

Guadalajara's former serenity has recently been replaced by drug violence causing the U.S. Consulate to warn citizens not to drive at nights in certain areas of the city after cartels and gang members torched vehicles and blocked streets. The violence has escalated these past few months due to drug cartels battling for ground. Guadalajara is "key to western drug routes once controlled by former Sinaloa leader Ignacio 'Nacho' Coronel, who was killed in a gunbattle with soldiers in July," according to Fox News.

The Guadalajara attack early this morning comes hours after eight were killed in Mexico's third-largest city, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, seven of which were presumed to be gunmen for the drug cartels and were shot dead by soldiers during a shootout just past midnight. As gunmen tried to flee the soliders, they crashed into the car of a civilian taking his life as well.

The death toll since early a.m. in Monterrey and Guadalajara due to drug violence is at 14.

While Northern Mexico has grown more accustomed to reports of attacks from drug violence, Guadalajara is better known for its culture, music and tourism. Guadalajara only recently began to resemble its counterparts to the north.

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Over 28,000 people have died in Mexico in drug cartel-related violence since December 2006
Over 28,000 people have died in Mexico in drug cartel-related violence since December 2006
J. R. Huetteman is based in Los Angeles, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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