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Mexican city world's murder capital
Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:37AM
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Mexico's border city of Ciudad Juarez, mostly known as the epicenter of the country's drug violence, is reported to have the world's highest murder rate.


According to a Mexican security watchdog, the volatile border city of Ciudad Juarez is followed by Venezuelan capital Caracas and the US city of New Orleans in grabbing the title of world's dangerous city.

The level of crimes has forced the Department of State issuing Travel Alert to update security information for its citizens traveling to and living in Mexico.

Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, generally for natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and coups.

Ciudad Juarez, which serves as venue to regular and brutal score-settling between rival drug gangs, registers 130 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.

Caracas witnesses 96 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, and New Orleans has 95, said the Citizen's Council for Public Security (CCSP) in a statement.

Caracas held the record of the murder capital of the world in the September 2008 Foreign Policy magazine, with 130 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.

The report by the non-government organization is based on media reports and an FBI report for the United States.

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