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MEXICO CITY, Mexico — May was the deadliest month in Mexico since 1997, with three people killed every hour, according to the Mexican government.
There were 2,186 homicides last month, according to figures from the Executive Secretary of the National System for Public Security going back 20 years. In some states previously considered peaceful, like Baja California Sur and Nayarit, the rate doubled.
“This is the overwhelming and absolute failure of Peña Nieto’s public safety policy,” Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst, told BuzzFeed News.
Hope and others attribute the uptick to a turf war between criminal groups, and the violent fragmentation within the Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Joaquín Guzmán, known as “El Chapo.”
Kidnapping, extortion, and car theft rates also increased in May as compared to the previous month.
A spokesperson at the Ministry of the Interior declined to comment on the homicide rate when reached by BuzzFeed News.
The record number is likely t..