Alert for Mexico
Gas tanker explodes killing 18 - 7 May 2013:
At least 18 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a gas tanker exploded on a highway north of Mexico City. Flames engulfed cars and around local 20 houses in the municipality of Ecatepec after the driver lost control of the vehicle.
Seven killed in Michoacan clashes - 29 April 2013:
At least seven people have been killed in clashes between suspected criminals, security forces and local vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan. Local officials said the fighting took place in the towns of Buenavista and Tepalcatepec.
Prison riot leaves 17 dead in San Luis Potosi - 28 April 2013:
At least 17 people have been wounded and 65 others wounded during a riot at a prison in the central state of San Luis Potosi. Gangs of rival prisoners used homemade weapons to attack each other at the La Pila prison.
Teachers protest against education reforms in Guerrero - 25 April 2013:
Angry teachers have attacked the ruling political party's office in Guerrero state in a protest against planned education reforms. The masked protesters set fire to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) offices in Chilpancingo, while a senator's office and state education department building were also attacked.
Four killed in Guadalajara bar attacks - 2 April 2013:
Four people have been killed, including a 45-year old US national, after gunmen carried out attacks on two bars in the city of Guadalajara. Local officials said a total of 45 rounds were fired into the two bars, while a grenade was also used in one of the attacks. The shootings appear to have been targeting the bar owners, who are related to each other.
Jalisco official shot dead in Guadalajara - 10 March 2013:
The tourism minister for the western state of Jalisco has been killed in the city of Guadalajara. Jose de Jesus Gallegos Alvarez was shot dead while driving his car through a wealthy suburb of the city.
Spanish tourists assaulted in Acapulco - 05 February 2013:
Six Spanish tourists have been raped at gunpoint in the beach resort of Acapulco. Five armed attackers broke into the tourists' rented beach property in Playa Bofil, before tying up some members of the group before carrying out the attack on the women.
Authorities arrest 158 police for alleged drug links - 18 January 2013:
Durnago state prosecutors have arrested 158 local police officers for alleged links to drug cartels. The officers, who worked in the cities of Gomez Palacio and Lerdo, are accused of protecting and assisting drug traffickers for at least three years.
Mexico hit by wave of violence - 15 January 2013:
A weekend of violence has left at least 38 people dead in Mexico, including the deaths of 22 people in the capital Mexico City. A further 16 bodies were discovered in the Toluca region, many of which had been dismembered and left with notes from cartels.
Bar shootings leave eight dead in Torreon - 07 January 2013:
At least eight people have been killed in two shootings at bars in the northern city of Torreon. Six men were shot dead at the Tornado bar, while a further two men were killed in the Futuro bar. The attack follows a series of similar shootings in the city, and have been linked by police to local drug cartels.
Zacatecas state troops kill 12 in gun battle - 03 January 2013:
Mexican troops have killed 12 people during a gun battle in the central state of Zacatecas. The clashes began after the soldiers tried to stop several suspect vehicles, which were later discovered to contain weapons and narcotics.
Police officers killed in western Mexico - 24 December 2012:
At least seven police officers have been killed in two separate incidents in western Mexico. Four officers were shot dead while reporting to a traffic accident in Michoacan state, while three others were killed when gunmen opened fire on them in Jalisco state. No group has taken responsibility for the killings, although they are likely to be related to the country's drug cartels.
Pena Nieto inaugurated as president - 01 December 2012:
Enrique Pena Nieto has formally taken office as Mexico's new president, promising to restore peace and security to the country. At least four protesters and four police officers were wounded in clashes outside the congressional chambers as Mr. Nieto was inaugurated.
Mass grave discovered in Chihuahua state - 25 November 2012:
Mexico's security forces have discovered a mass grave containing 19 bodies in the northern state of Chihuahua. Eight of the victims had been killed recently, while the other 11 had been buried approximately two years ago.
Los Zetas leader killed in shootout - 09 October 2012:
Heriberto Lazcano, the leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel, has been killed in a gun battle with marines in the northern state of Coahuila. His death represents the most high profile 'capo' to fall under President Calderon's war on drugs.
Soldiers clash with armed gang in Guerrero state - 26 September 2012:
Mexican soldiers have clashed with an armed gang near a church in the southern state of Guerrero, leaving at least 11 people dead. The fighting took place in the town of Tepecocuilco de Trujano, around 120 miles south of Mexico City.
Police find 16 bodies in Guerrero state - 11 September 2012:
Police in Mexico have discovered the bodies of 16 men inside an abandoned van in the western state of Guerrero. Police believe the victims were killed as part of the ongoing turf war between the Michoacan Family and the Knights Templar.
Gunmen kill eight in Monterrey strip club shooting - 14 August 2012:
Gunmen have killed eight people in a shooting at a strip club in the northern city of Monterrey. Police say that the attack is likely to be drug related.
Matehuala mayor-elect shot dead - 12 August 2012:
The Mayor-elect for Matehuala has been shot dead in the northern state of San Luis Potosi. Edgar Morales Perez, who was elected on 01 July, was killed by unknown gunmen as he drove home from a party.
Bodies discovered outside San Luis Potosi - 09 August 2012:
Mexican police have found 14 bodies in an abandoned van outside the north-east city of San Luis Potosi. A statement from the Mexican Prosecutor's Office said that the victims had been kidnapped from Coahulia state.
Four killed at Guerrero festival - 26 July 2012:
Four people have been shot dead at a festival in the southern state of Guerrero. A gunman opened fire on a group of people at the feast of St James the Apostle in the town of Huehuetan.
New protest at Pena Nieto victory - 23 July 2012:
Thousands of protesters have marched through the streets of Mexico City to protest against the result of the country's presidential elections. The march accuses Enrique Pena Nieto of buying votes, with protesters shouting "no to fraud" and "out with Pena".
Gunfight leaves 11 dead in Sinaloa - 10 July 2012:
A gunfight in the north-western state of Sinaloa has left 11 people dead, including seven police officers. Local officials said that the officers were ambushed by a group of gunmen near the town of Choix.
Thousands protest against election result - 08 July 2012:
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Mexico City to protest the result of last week's presidential election. The demonstrators claim the vote was not fair and that the victorious PRI party bought votes. The second placed candidate, Andres Obrador, has said that he will mount a legal challenge to the result.
Enrique Pena Nieto wins presidential poll - 02 July 2012:
Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Pary has won Mexico's presidential election. Mr Pena Nieto, who won around 38% of the vote, called his victory "a fiesta of democracy."
Two police officers shot dead at Mexico City airport - 25 June 2012:
Two police officers have been shot dead by unknown gunmen at Mexico City's airport. The shooting took place in the Terminal 2 building, and left another person wounded.
Journalist found dead in Veracruz - 14 June 2012:
A Mexican journalist has been found dead in the city of Xalapa in Veracruz state. Victor Baez, a crime reporter for the Milenio newspaper, was abducted on Wednesday evening by suspected drug gang members.
Bodies dumped on Veracruz highway - 12 June 2012:
Fourteen bodies have been found inside an abandoned truck in the eastern state of Veracruz. The discovery was made on Monday evening, close to the border with Tamaulipas state.
Gunmen kill 11 in Coahulia state - 04 June 2012:
At least 11 people have been killed after gunmen attacked a drug rehabilitation centre in the northern state of Coahulia. A further 15 people were wounded during the shooting in the industrial city of Torreon.
Kidnapped journalist found dead - 18 May 2012:
The tortured body of a Mexican police reporter has been found in the northern state of Sonora, a day after he had been kidnapped. Marco Antonio Avila Garcia's body was found in a black plastic bag near the city of Empalme.
More bodies discovered in Mexico - 13 May 2012:
Police have discovered 49 mutilated bodies dumped by a roadside near the northern city of Monterrey. A note left with the bodies said that the victims had been killed by the Los Zetas drug cartel.
Mutilated bodies found in Jalisco state - 10 May 2012:
Police in Mexico have discovered 18 mutilated bodies in the western state of Jalisco. The bodies were found in two cars close to Lake Chalapa with a note suggesting the killings were cartel related.
Bodies discovered in Nuevo Laredo - 04 May 2012:
At least 23 bodies have been discovered in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo. Nine bodies were found hanging from a bridge before 14 more decapitated bodies were discovered after their heads were dumped outside of the mayor's office. A note left with the bodies said they were members of the Gulf drug cartel.
Bodies of photojournalists found in Veracruz - 03 May 2012:
The bodies of two photojournalists have been found in the eastern state of Veracruz. The remains of Guillermo Luna and Gabriel Huge were found in a canal in the town of Boca del Rio.
Sinaloa shooting leaves 12 dead - 02 May 2012:
At least 12 people have been killed in drug-related violence in the north-western state of Sinaloa. Members of the local Sinaloa cartel exchanged gunfire with Mexican troops in the city of Guasave after gunmen had ambushed an army patrol.
Police killed in mountain ambush - 19 March 2012:
Twelve Mexican police officers have been killed in a mountain highway ambush in Guerrero state. The attack came after the discovery of 10 severed heads outside a slaughterhouse in nearby Teloloapan.
Gunmen attacks bars in Monterrey - 09 February 2012:
Gunmen have carried out simultaneous attacks on two bars in the northern city of Monterrey, leaving one man dead and four others wounded.
Severed heads found in Mexico City - 03 October 2011:
Two severed heads have been found on a street near a major military base in the capital, Mexico City. Police claim that a criminal gang called The Hand with Eyes had claimed responsibility for the incident.
Arson attack on Monterrey casino kills 53 - 26 August 2011:
At least 53 people have been killed following an arson attack on a casino in the northern city of Monterrey. The local media have reported that six men carried out the attack.
Football mach abandoned after gunfire - 21 August 2011:
A first division football match in the northern city of Torreon has been abandoned after gunfire erupted outside of the stadium. Gunmen had opened fire on security forces at a checkpoint, injuring one police officer.
Two professors wounded by university parcel bomb - 09 August 2011:
Two university professors have been wounded after a parcel bomb exploded at Monterrey Tech in the northern Nuevo Leon state. The Mexican authorities have not yet established a motive for the attack.
Police capture key Juarez enforcer - 01 August 2011:
Mexican police have captured Jose Acosta Hernandez, a cartel leader who has admitted ordering the murder of 1,500 people in the northern state of Chihuahua. The president, Felipe Calderon, has described the arrest as "the biggest blow" to organised crime in Ciudad Juarez.
More than 1,000 arrested in police crackdown - 25 July 2011:
More than 1,000 people have been arrested in a major police operation in the volatile northern town of Ciudad Juarez. The operation was targeting criminal groups involved in human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the town.
Prisoners escape from jail Nuevo Laredo - 16 July 2011:
Seven prisoners have been killed and 59 others have escaped from a jail following a riot in the northern border town of Nuevo Laredo. Five prison guards are also reportedly missing and are believed to have been complicit in the escape.
Gunmen kill 20 in Monterrey - 09 July 2011:
At least 20 people have been killed after gunmen opened fire on a bar in Monterrey. The incident is believed to be linked to the cartels who are engaged in a violent turf war in the city.
Gang shootout in northern state of Zacatecas - 02 July 2011:
A five-hour gun battle between Mexican soldiers and members of the Los Zetas drug cartel left 15 gang suspects dead and six marines injured. The clashes took place in the town of San Jose de Loudes in the northern state of Zacatecas.
La Familia drug cartel boss arrested - 22 June 2011:
Mexican police have captured the head of the La Familia drug cartel in a raid in the central town of Aguascalientes. The Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, has described the capture as a great blow to organised crime.
Turf battles leave 33 dead in Monterrey - 17 June 2011:
At least 33 people have been killed in drug-related violence in the northern city of Monterrey. Local authorities claim that almost all of the killings were related to turf battles between rival drug cartels, although two bodyguards of the governor of Nuevo Leon state are among the dead.
Cartel shootout leaves 28 dead in Nayarit - 26 May 2011:
At least 28 people have been killed in a shootout between rival drug cartel members in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit. More than 34,000 people have died since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels in 2006.
Mexican marines in gun battle with drugs cartel - 10 May 2011:
Mexican marines have killed at least 12 people, reportedly members of the Los Zetas drug cartel, near the Falcon Lake close the Mexico-US border. One of the marines was killed in the shootout which occurred on Sunday afternoon.
More bodies found in northern Mexico - 11 April 2011:
At least 16 dead bodies have been found in various parts of Tamaulipas state in northern Mexico over the weekend. This follows last weeks discovery of the bodies of more than 60 migrant workers from Central America. The deaths have been attributed to the country's drug cartels.
Security forces arrest nine suspected kidnappers - 04 April 2011:
Mexican soldiers have arrested nine suspected kidnappers following a gun battle in San Fernando. Five hostages are reported to have been rescued as part of the operation.
Armed attacks leave 15 dead in Ciudad Juarez - 03 April 2011:
At least 15 people have been killed in two separate armed attacks in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez over the weekend. Local drug gangs including the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels are believed to be responsible for the attack.
Gunmen kill three civilians in Acapulco - 16 March 2011:
A group of gunmen have killed two children and an elderly woman in the resort city of Acapulco. Police believe that the attackers were chasing a target into the city when they opened fire on the residential property. In a separate incident on Tuesday a 15 year old boy was shot dead outside his school in the city.
American professor kidnapped in Ciudad Juarez - 13 March 2011:
An American university professor has been kidnapped at gunpoint in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. The professor, Veronica Perez Rodriguez, was visiting her mother in the city when she was taken by the unknown assailants.
28 killed in drug related attacks - 27 February 2011:
At least 28 people have been killed in a series of suspected drug-related attacks along the US/Mexican border. Nine men were killed when a gunman opened fire in a bar inside two separate bars in Coahuila State, and at least 14 people were killed in a series of incidents in three of Mexico's Pacific Coast states.
More than 40 people killed in latest wave of drug violence - 21 February 2011:
At least 40 people have been killed in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez in the latest wave of drug related violence to hit the country. Four more people are reported to have been killed in the resort of Acapulco.
US custom official shot dead in Mexico - 16 Febuary 2011:
A US immigration and customs official has been killed and another wounded after being shot by unknown assailants while driving between Mexico City and Monterrey.
Gun battles in northern Mexico leaves 18 dead - 15 February 2011:
At least 18 people have been killed in a series of gun battles in the northern Mexican states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. A police intelligence chief was killed when attackers blew up his car in Nuevo Leon state. Two rival drug cartels are believed to have been responsible for the violence.
US missionary killed in San Fernando - 28 January 2011:
A US missionary has been shot dead whilst driving on a highway near San Fernando in the northern state of Tampuilpas on 26 January. It is reported that the missionary, named as Samuel L Davis, was travelling with his wife when they were ambushed at an illegal roadblock.
Over 50 executed in drug related violence - 10 January 2011:
More than 50 people are reported to have been killed in continued drug related violence throughout Mexico. In Acapulco 28 bodies were found by police, 14 of which had been decapitated.
Gun battle ends with 11 dead - 12 December 2010:
Authorities in Tecalitlan in the state of Jalisco have confirmed that a gun battle between rival gangs has left 11 people dead. The incident occurred during a Virgin of Guadalupe celebration in the city.
Kidnapping victims rescued near Ciudad Victoria - 06 December 2010:
Mexican security forces have rescued 16 kidnapping victims who were being held near Ciudad Victoria. Two of the kidnappers were killed during the rescue mission.
Mexico sends 3,000 troops to Ciudad Mier as civilians flee violence - 16 November 2010:
Around 3,000 soldier have been deployed to the northern border city of Ciudad Mier following several days of violence involving rival drug cartels. Hundreds of families have been forced to flee the city due to the escalating levels of violence.
US citizens killed in Ciudad Juarez - 02 November 2010:
Four US citizens are among a number of people who have been killed in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez in recent days. These deaths have been linked to the ongoing drug cartel-related violence in the region.
Drive-by shooting claims 15 lives in Tepic - 28 October 2010:
At least 15 people have been killed after a drive-by shooting incident in Tepic, Nayarit State. This incident has been linked to rival drug cartels who are active in the region.
Drug related murders continue in northern Mexico - 24 October 2010:
More than 25 people have been killed in two separate incidents in northern Mexico. In Ciudad Juarez at least 13 people were killed when gunmen opened fire at a family party. This has been followed by the killing of another 13 people at a drug rehabilitation centre in Tijuana.
Clashes between drug cartel and police in Monterrey - 18 October 2010:
Four people have been killed during a gunfight between drug traffickers and security forces in the north-eastern city of Monterrey. There has recently been an upsurge in gang-related violence in the city and additional security personnel have been deployed to the area.