CNN, January 11, 2012; Local 10, January 11, 2012

"Almost 13,000 people were killed in Mexico by suspected drug violence in the first three quarters of 2011, the country's federal attorney general's office said Wednesday…

…The growth rate of killings between September 2010 to September 2011 was 11%, compared with 70% between 2009 and 2010, the agency said…

…In short, the bad news is that the violence continues at a record pace, while the good news is that the rate of growth has fallen, said Eric Olson, senior associate at the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The new figure

"means that the conflict is evolving and changing,"

he said. But, he cautioned,

"You can't draw too many conclusions from one number. One needs a deeper look.""


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