Random drug violence in Monterrey, Mexico

Gunmen killed at least 20 people when they sprayed gunfire in a bar in the northern city of Monterrey. It is not known if any tourists were involved. The city has been the site of violence since the Gulf and Zeta cartels began fighting for control of drug trafficking there two years ago.

Travellers in northern Mexico should exercise extreme caution and avoid areas where they might be caught in a crossfire in the war between rival drug trafficking gangs. More than 35,000 people have died since 2006 when President Felipe Calderon initiated the government's response to the increasing violence in many places in the country.

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