Juarez Not Only Mexico City Under Siege
POSTED: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 9:09am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 9:34am
MEXICO - Parts of Mexico are under siege as violence is on the rise.
It is part of the ongoing battle between police and the nation's drug cartels.
More than a dozen people, including six children, were injured in what authorities believe was an attack by drugs traffickers.
Earlier, three explosives blew up elsewhere in Monterey, one near the U.S. consulate.
This woman says, "We don't feel safe being out on the streets anymore."
Since late 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon began confronting the powerful drug cartels, nearly 30,000 people have been killed in a vicious war as the traffickers lash out at the authorities and at rival gangs for control of smuggling routes to the United States.
Even hardened members of the Drug Enforcement Administration are shocked.
"The level of violence is not only high, but the type of violence is horrific."
In the beachside resort town of Acapulco, authorities are still looking for 20 Mexican tourists who were kidnapped by gunmen last week.
In towns and villages throughout the country, residents, journalists and public officials are besieged by traffickers who at times outman and outgun the authorities.
"It's pure intimidation. Intimidation through threats or through violence itself."
So far this year, 11 Mexican mayors have been murdered...including Gustavo Sanchez from Michoacan who was stoned to death along with an aide.
Americans aren't immune either--a couple expecting a child gunned down in Juarez after a birthday party...a Texas teen found dead on the side of a Mexican road.
Mexican officials have arrested and killed hundreds of traffickers recently...but the violence here shows no sign of letting up.