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9 killed in bloody Juarez weekend

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Despite a drastic reduction in homicides this year, nine people were killed in Juarez over the weekend, making it one of the bloodiest weekends so far this year, the El Paso Times reported.

The victims, all men ranging in age from their 20s to their 50s, were killed in separate unrelated incidents, under different circumstances, and either by firearm or bladed weapon, and not all were linked to organized crime, authorities told the Times.

One of the homicides occurred on Friday, five on Saturday and three more on Sunday, a Chihuahua state attorney general’s office spokesman said.

Since the beginning of 2013, there have been fewer than 50 murders — 26 in January and 22 in February until Sunday — far fewer than the number of homicides during the same period last year, the Times said.

In January 2012 there were 118 murders and in February 2012 82 homicides were reported, authorities told the Times.

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