On Saturday, three people associated with the U.S. Consulate General office in Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, were killed, prompting the evacuation of dependents of U.S. State Department personnel on Sunday. Among those killed were a couple driving in a car in broad daylight with their baby in the back seat. The baby was unharmed.
In the tourist resort of Acapulco, at least 15 people were killed in gangland hits over the weekend, officials said, including six local policemen.
Violence is on the rise at another key point of the U.S.-Mexico border—the city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas. Officials say the drug war there is entering a dangerous new phase, in which two formerly aligned drug gangs have fallen into open warfare.
The three Saturday killings shook the American expatriate community in Ciudad Juárez, where more than 400 people have been killed this year.
The shootings took place within minutes of each other in two different locations. In one incident, a U.S. citizen employed by the Consulate and her husband, also American, were killed, White House National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said. In the other, the Mexican husband of a Mexican citizen who worked at the Consulate was killed.
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