In Mexico, murders do not stop. According to a study conducted by the consultancy Lantia Intelligence, in the first six months of 2021, there were 12,802 fatalities, with disputes between drug cartels being the main cause of the deaths. Despite the shocking figures, this year there was a decrease of 117 murders, compared to the same period in 2020, which counted 12,199 homicides in the first two quarters.
The data platform, which collects figures on violence in the country, details that from the beginning of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in December 2018, until June 2021, more than 60 thousand murders related to drug trafficking were committed in Mexico. So far, 2020 has positioned itself as the bloodiest year of the current administration, with 24,807 violent deaths. According to the figures, during 2019 there were 23,964.
At the beginning of this year, the most violent states were Guanajuato, with 4,175 murders recorded in January alone; Baja California, with 2,710 homicides committed in the same period; Michoacán, with 1,800 and Chihuahua, with 1,682.
In Guanajuato, two men died this weekend when a bomb exploded in a restaurant in Salamanca. Details indicate that the victims, Mario Alberto Hernández Cárdenas, owner of the restaurant bar Barra 1604, and his partner, Mauricio Salvador Romero, were in the restaurant celebrating the former's birthday when two men on a motorcycle handed them a gift box, which exploded when they opened it.
At first, it was said that the bombing was a reprisal by organized crime, as the family members stated that Mario Alberto had reported threats from the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation. According to Lantia Intelligence, so far this year this state has accumulated 286 homicides perpetrated by organized crime.
Criminal violence continues unabated in the north of the country, where the latest Lantia Intelligence report has detailed a war within the Gulf Cartel. Death tolls also increased in the state of Jalisco. There, clashes have skyrocketed due to the fight between the Nueva Plaza Cartel and the CJNG.