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33,341 murders in tourist paradise: Mexico sets grim record in 2018

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Homicide cases in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the country’s record for the second consecutive year, according to government statistics.

Investigators opened 33,341 murder cases last year – more than 91 a day, almost four every hour; compared to 25,036 in 2017, according to the Interior Ministry.

The central state of Guanajuato, which has been struggling with gang wars, was the hardest-hit region, with 3,290 investigations last year, compared to 1,084 the year before.

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