The Mexican government said on July 15 it was nearly tripling the police presence in Sinaloa state after hitmen killed 20 people and took hostages in various attacks by criminal gangs over the last week. More than 300 people have died in drug-related violence so far this year in Sinaloa, about a fifth of the 1,700 people killed in cartel battles across Mexico as rival gangs fight each other amid an army-led government crackdown. The government is raising the number of intelligence agents and police officers in Sinaloa to 2,000 from 740. (Reuters)

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