Army commander claims killings in Juarez have fallen by about 40 percent

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A criminal investigator takes pictures of a body in Juarez, Mexico. The border city of Juarez, Mexico has been racked by violent drug related crime recently and has quickly become one of the most dangerous cities in the world to live.

The border city of Juarez is often dubbed Mexico's murder capital, but it’s now experiencing a dramatic drop-off in the homicide rate.

That's according to the local army commander who claims killings have fallen by about 40 percent, the Fronteras Project reports.

Army General Emilio Zarate, based in Ciudad Juárez, told reporters Wednesday that the falling homicide rate has continued into a second year. In 2010, at the height of ongoing drug-related violence the city averaged around eight murders a day. That's down to about two per day in the first half of this year.

General Zarate attributed the drop to a weakening of the local Juárez drug cartel. It's been engaged in a brutal territorial battle with the rival Sinaloa cartel, run by Mexico's most wanted man, Chapo Guzman.

Since 2008 more than 10,000 people have been murdered in Juárez.

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