Fifty-three dead in 3 days in Ciudad Juarez, official says
February 20th, 2011
02:29 PM ET

Fifty-three dead in 3 days in Ciudad Juarez, official says

Fifty-three people were killed in a 72-hour span in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, making it one of the deadliest three-day periods in recent memory, state attorney general's office spokesman Arturo Sandoval told CNN Sunday.

Among the dead were four police officers from three different agencies, Sandoval said.

"This is the worst violence we've seen this year," he said, referring to the three days from Thursday through Saturday.

soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. MrMailman

    What Again?

    February 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Skipper

    The only Mexico can solve this is by declaring martial law and rooting the cartels out in an unfortunately agressive and brutal manner. There are many cities in the US as well where the only way to get rid of the gangs would be to do this.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • morpunkt

      Precisely. That's exactly how Mussilini got rid of the mafia in Italy. He brutally wiped them out in a very methodical manner.
      He first rounded up all known mafia operatives. Then, he tortured them, in order to find the rest of them.
      Ultimately, the rest of the trash was snuffed-out, while the ones who got away, fled to places like New York and Philly.
      Time for a repeat.

      February 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pls Think

    When will we learn that we cannot change other people's belief systems only God can do that and maybe God chose for them to be living this scenario for a bigger plan.... Their beliefs are centuries old. It is a way of life to them so why enable it.
    Think before we allow that same belief system here.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. iceaxdave

    Someone should read this article to Janet Incompetano...It's obvious she cannot read by herself.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |

    I just farted. Shooooo : )

    February 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George

    This is a Nobel Prize article for sure. Good job CNN. Well, we have to remember it is a weekend, and news isn't really important until Monday.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George

    What is happening in Mexico is not a police action against criminals. It is a genuine war, a civil war in which casualties are going to keep going up until the gangs are eliminated or the country is taken over by them.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. buffalobutt

    Hmmm. Decriminalization for mary jane would be a superb place to start. Just saying

    February 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JB

    Solution is simple though unethical

    Poison the drug supply!

    Many would die initially but in a matter of months the death rate would decrease and eventually the drug problem would go away along with the cartels.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • i rock

      smart idea bud, millions and millions would die...including members of your family, friends, PTA members and even the coach of your local soccer team. Alot more people partake than you think.

      February 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    You make a really good point mjluck, a reporter would be in grave danger trying to get any info. Like covering a warzone.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mjluck

    waitin for the guy in the pic above to pull down his mask and say " who ordered Jimmy John's?"

    February 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • kennethseaman

      in a different articale about a video game featured there the mayor said that it offensive when apperantly ubisoft choose the riht place

      February 21, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nic

    looks like ive found a new vacation spot

    February 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. synthe

    All of you are ru-tard...the problem is not drugs or the war on them. It is simply greed, which every country and every man since the beginning of time has been guilty of. And it has always been legal.

    February 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      So may I ask you what happened to the gangs of alcohol prohibition?

      February 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • asds

      Here though these gangs are not just in the drug business. They are also involved heavily with kindnappings/ransoms and extortion on locals, which is easy to do when you own the authorities. Even if all drugs were legal they'd still be around, just probably less income and a bit smaller.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue Laptop

      I thought everyone knew that the Kennedy got elected after being part of bootlegging gang. They were a major importer of illegal alcohol during prohibition.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • gerardhf

      mon dieu you've solved everything!!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • skungatz

      At this point, it may be time to eliminate everything south of the Mexican border and south of the Mediterranean

      February 22, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. synthe

    Oh yeah death toll in Mex. last year over 10k.

    February 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    I guess greed is a major component of this deadly drug war, you're right about that Synthe.

    February 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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