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Near 25000 people killed in Mexico since Calderon declared war on drugs, only this year 7048.

El fiscal general mexicano, Arturo Chávez

This year, the number of dead people involved with organized crime in Mexico  are 7048 , and a total of 24 826 killings since the mexican President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006, reported yesterday the  Attorney General of Mexico Mr. Arturo Chávez. The figures, which are based on the count of the national security cabinet up to the most recent weekly report, are beyond the more than 5,000 dead so far handled by the press for this year.

The data include both deaths between rival groups as victims in clashes between security forces and suspected criminals. In April, a confidential report delivered to lawmakers, the executive was handling a figure of 22 700 deaths during the Calderón administration in presumably events and confrontatios related to the organized crime and drug trafficking.
The Attorney Gral Chavez said the increased presence of federal forces caused many cartels, gangs and criminal groups to divide and therefore they losed previous control of  “their” territories and had to ove to other areas where they are now facing other criminal organizations that were previously in domain of these areas.  The actions of the security forces “are forcing organizations to change their strategy,” Mr. Chavez said.