Two U.S. Students Killed in Mexico

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Two U.S. Texas university students were killed in the Mexican border town of Ciudad-Juarez earlier this week. That raises the total number of Americans killed in the violent city to six in just this week alone.

Officials had earlier confirmed that one of the dead University of Texas at El Paso students was an American, 23-year-old Eder Diaz. The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press on Thursday that the other UTEP student, Manuel Acosta, also was also a U.S. Citizen.

The two were attacked Tuesday by gunmen who opened fire on their car.

Richard Adauto, UTEP executive vice president, said the university has considered providing emergency temporary housing in El Paso for students from Juarez. He said many already had moved to Texas due to the violence at home.

Mexican drug cartels have been fighting the police, the government and each other. Killings of U.S. citizens are on the rise in Mexico, which has seen more than 28,000 deaths in the past four years of its battle with organized crime.

U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Thursday that 84 U.S. citizens have been killed this year in the border state of Chihuahua, where Ciudad Juarez is located.

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