November 8, 2005

Another woman murdered in Mexican city on US border

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican police have found the
body of a woman apparently beaten to death in Ciudad Juarez, a
violent city on the U.S. border notorious for gender violence,
prosecutors said on Tuesday.

More 350 women have been stabbed, strangled and beaten to
death in Ciudad Juarez, which lies south of El Paso, Texas, in
a 12-year killing spree that has triggered condemnation in
Mexico and abroad.

Police found the latest victim dumped in a vacant building
plot early on Tuesday. No cause of death was immediately given,
although Chihuahua state prosecutors said the body showed signs
of beating.

The string of murders in the city of 1.3 million have been
variously attributed to domestic violence, serial killers and
rogue drug cartels. Only a few of the crimes have been solved.

Last year President Vicente Fox created a special
prosecutor's office to investigate the crimes. Two prosecutors
have since filled the post and resigned, while the killings in
the city have continued.