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Worst Attacks in Mexico's Drug War
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July 18, 2010

Violence escalates in the drug wars in Mexico as a car bomb set off by a cell phone kills at least three people. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. (Reuters)
Mexico City - A Mexican drug cartel was responsible for a cellphone-detonated car bomb that killed four people in Ciudad Juarez on the U.S. border, state security forces said on Friday.

Here are some of the worst attacks since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006, declaring war on cartels and escalating violence that has killed more than 26,000 people.

Sept. 15, 2008 - Suspected members of the Zetas drug gang tossed grenades into a crowd celebrating Mexico's independence day in the western city of Morelia, killing eight people and wounding more than 100. It was the first, and so far only, attack by drug gangs on a mass gathering of civilians.

Jan. 31, 2010 - Suspected cartel hitmen burst into a party and killed 13 high school students and two adults in Ciudad Juarez.

March 13, 2010 - Hitmen killed 3 people linked to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez in March, provoking "outrage" from U.S. President Barack Obama.

March 28, 2010 - Gunmen in northwestern Durango state killed 10 people aged eight to 21 after the pick-up truck they were traveling in sped through a roadblock on an isolated highway in the drug-producing "Golden Triangle" region.

June 11, 2010 - Two-dozen gunmen toting automatic weapons burst into a drug rehabilitation clinic in the northern city of Chihuahua and killed 19 addicts ranging in age from 18 and 25.

June 28, 2010 - Suspected cartel hitmen shot dead a popular gubernatorial candidate in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, in the worst sign of political intimidation by smuggling gangs. Rodolfo Torre, 46, and four aides from the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, were ambushed on their way to a campaign event for the July 4 state election.

July 15, 2010 - A car bomb with 22 pounds (10 kilos) of explosive killed four people in Ciudad Juarez, in a blast that was detonated by cell phone. It is the first such attack since Calderon took office.

(Editing by Tim Gaynor and Stacey Joyce)

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