47,000 people killed in drug violence in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican government says more than 47,000 people have been killed in drug violence since President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown against drug cartels in December 2006.

The Attorney General's Office says 47,515 drug-related killings occurred from December 2006 through September 2011.

Prosecutors say in a statement Wednesday that the number of killings rose 11% in the first nine months of 2011 over the same period in 2010.

They say 70% of the killings happened in 8 of Mexico's 32 states.

The Mexican government last released the number of drug violence victims a year ago.