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Mexico killings spotlight Juarez as Mexico's worst drug war city

The Mexico killings of a US consulate employee, her American husband, and a Mexican citizen affiliated with the consulate in Ciudad Juarez show just how dangerous Mexico's drug war and the border city have become.

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Mexico killings: Soldiers stand guard at a crime scene where the crashed car of a US consulate employee sits in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Sunday.

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The Mexico killings of a US consulate employee, her American husband, and a Mexican citizen affiliated with the consulate in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, could represent a disturbing ratcheting up of the drug trafficking violence that has taken more than 18,000 lives in just over three years.

While Americans have been victims of the deadly trafficking that has overtaken wide swaths of Mexico, US government workers have not been specific targets. Though there is no clear motive yet for the murders, investigators say the connection of the victims to the US consulate appears to be more than coincidence.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón issued a statement Sunday expressing “his indignation” and “his sincerest condolences to the families of the victims.” He “reiterated the Mexican government’s unwavering compromise to resolve these grave crimes.”

IN PICTURES: Mexico's drug war

Two separate drive-by shootings

The consulate employee and her husband were driving in Ciudad Juarez when they were attacked by gunmen near the international bridge that connects Mexico to the US. Their baby was in the back seat but was reportedly unharmed.

In a separate incident, gunmen also shot the husband of another employee from the US consulate. In that attack, his two young children were wounded, officials said. It was unclear if the two attacks were related but they appeared to be coordinated.

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