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11 dead in Mexican drug violence

world Updated: Feb 09, 2009 08:24 IST
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Mexico's bloody drug war claimed 11 more victims, as rival drug gangs clashed in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, police have said.

Among them, three people were shot exiting a nightclub and four others -- including a 14 year old -- were killed in another area of the city.

Witnesses told police yesterday that the victims had been drug dealers, killed by rival gangs.

Another victim, whose remains were charred, could not be identified.

At least 220 people have died in the city -- which lies across the Rio Grande from the US city El Paso -- since the beginning of this year.

According to official figures 5,300 people died throughout Mexico in 2008, as rival cartels vied for control of routes to supply drugs to the US.