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Mexico Drug Battle Leaves 17 Dead in Tijuana

Just in case you needed another reason "NOT" to visit Mexico...

Reuters reported earlier this morning of a bloody drug battle near a popular tourist shopping center in Tijuana between rival factions of the Arellano Felix drug cartel.

Traveling to Mexico?Traveling to Mexico?Seventeen bodies, all of them gang members, were scattered along a road in Tijuana near the Mexico/California border. An additional 6 men were wounded and 6 were arrested unharmed. Authorities believe that many gang members escaped.

There are no reports of tourist injuries at this point.

"Today shows we are facing a terrible war never seen before on the (U.S.-Mexico) border," Baja California Attorney General Rommel Moreno told reporters.

There have been 190 murders in Tijuana so far in 2008. In 2007, there were more than 2,500 drug killings across all of Mexico - death toll is already at 900 for 2008.

In March, we reported that tourist kidnappings were on the rise in Mexico. The state department has issued warnings, citing more than double kidnappings involving ransom and torture.

Think it's media sensationalism or good advice? Would you go to Mexico in light of recent events?

Sound off, girlfriends. Tell us what you think of the recent shootings, whether you'd spend your tourism dollars there and how the media is handling events.

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Wow, I don't need any more reasons to not visit. Why would I spend my vacation in such an unsafe spot? There are soooooooooooooo many beautiful islands in the Carribean to choose from - and most of them love tourists!

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