Mexico murder rate breaks record with more than 33,000 cases in 2018

Homicide cases in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, shattering the country's record for the second consecutive year, newly-released government statistics show.

Information from the Interior Ministry revealed that investigators opened up 33,341 murder cases last year - more than 91 a day, almost four an hour; compared to 25,036 in 2017, according to Reuters.

The central state of Guanajuato - which has been struggling with turf wars amongst gangs - was said to be the hardest hit region, with 3,290 investigations in 2018, compared to 1,084 the year prior.

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