State Department warns U.S. travelers about violence in Mexico

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    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mexico-travel-20121127,0,1821187.story

    Although the number of U.S. citizens killed in Mexico so far this year is down, the U.S. State Department has again issued a detailed travel warning for visitors to the country.

    The state-by-state assessment urges travelers to "defer nonessential travel" to four of Mexico's 31 states — Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango and Tamaulipas. The department also warns tourists to avoid unnecessary travel to remote towns and border areas in 11 other states, mostly in the northern section of Mexico.

    In the state of Coahuila, for example, the travel warning noted that more than 100 prisoners escaped from a prison near the Texas border in September and that they have been involved in "a series of violent incidents since the escape."

    The latest travel warning noted that 32 U.S. citizens were murdered in Mexico in the first six months of 2012, compared with 113 in all of 2011.

    In a statement, Mexican tourism officials said that so far drug violence is limited to a small percentage of the country's 2,500 municipalities. In addition, protection of tourists "is at the pinnacle of importance to the Mexican government," said Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, chief operating officer for the Mexico Tourism Board.
    Criminal violence has been on the rise over the last six years because of a drug war between the Mexican government and various drug cartels.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mexico-travel-20121127,0,1821187.story
     
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