Mexico sending extra troops to violent border city

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February 26, 2009 05:52

 
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Mexico's government promised Wednesday to deploy extra troops and federal police to this violent city across the border from Texas where the police chief recently bowed to crime gang demands that he resign. The extra soldiers and police will be sent to Ciudad Juarez in the coming weeks, Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez-Mont said after a security meeting with city officials. Gomez-Mont did not say how many agents would be deployed, but promised the reinforcement "would be visible to the residents." More than 2,000 soldiers and 425 federal police are already operating in Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located. The deployment is part of a nationwide crackdown on drug cartels that has grown to include more than 45,000 troops since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006.

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