Mexico’s federal security spokesman said homicides in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez have dropped from an average of 11 a day in October to about four a day in April.
Alejandro Poire attributed the drop to the deployment of thousands of federal police, citizens denouncing crime, and efforts by local law enforcement and prosecutors. But he added that “the problem is not 100 percent solved.”
"You remember days in which we saw as many as 30 homicides," he said. "Eleven on average. Now, it has reduced to four or five homicides per day, on average."
In one particularly bloody month, there were a total of 416 homicides, he said, adding that April's total was 166. "That's still a lot, but that's a reduction of more or less 60 percent," he said.
"We will persevere until we reinstate a peaceful city of people who work and fight to prosper," he added.
More than 6,000 people have died the past two years from drug-related violence in the city, which sits across from El Paso, Texas.
Despite the bloodshed, the state legislature is scheduled to award the city the title of “Heroic” Ciudad Juarez on Saturday in recognition of the city’s participation in the 1910 Mexican Revolution.
Sources: info7, El Universal, CNN