Police and forensics secure the area where six people were killed, in Acapulco, Mexico.
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May was Mexico's bloodiest month in at least 20 years and homicides are up sharply in 2017 compared with last year, new government crime statistics show.During the first five months of 2017, there were 9,916 killings nationwide – an increase of about 30 percent over the 7,638 slain during the same period last year.After registering 36 killings during the same period in 2016, that spiked by 369 percent to 169 this year.Total homicides for the January-May period declined from 2016 in four states – Campeche, Coahuila, Mexico State and Nuevo Leon – but it did not exceed 6 percent.
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