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$25 million in funding approved for military base in Caborca, Sonora

Funding for a military base in a violence-ravaged city in neighboring Sonora has been approved.

Sonoran Gov. Alfonso Durazo said Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador green lit $25 million for the project in Caborca. Durazo described the northern Sonoran city as troubled.

He also said the facility will bring an additional 550 soldiers to the municipality of roughly 90,000 people, which has seen astonishing levels of violence in recent years, as well as regular high-profile shootouts.

After several years of relative calm, violence exploded in Caborca in 2020, when the number of murder cases exceeded the five previous years combined.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.