Rivals clash in Mexico’s murder capital

The Guardian – Manzanillo and the surrounding state of Colima were once best known for their black sand beaches, lime groves and a smoldering volcano that erupts every century or so. But over the past year, the region has claimed a new title: murder capital of Mexico. Analysts of the drug war say the violence is part of a nationwide realignment of organized crime – and a bitter struggle to control the port of Manzanillo, one of the biggest on Mexico’s Pacific coast.


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