23 bodies dumped in Mexican state

June 21st, 2011 - 12:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, June 21 (IANS/EFE) The bodies of 23 murder victims have been dumped at various locations in the southern Mexican state of Michoacan over the past three days, an official told EFE.

Five men were found shot to death Monday in Paracho, a town about 80 km west of Morelia, the state capital.

The five bodies were left at three different spots in the town, each accompanied by a message claiming responsibility on behalf of Los Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar), a remnant of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, the official said.

Ten bodies were dumped Sunday on roads in the regions of Jiquilpan and Sahuayo, near the border with Jalisco state.

The victims were all males whose hands and feet had been bound, and messages were left with the bodies stating that the killings were a settling of scores.

On Saturday, the bodies of eight murdered men appeared on the streets of Lazaro Cardenas, a port city in Michoacan.

Spiraling violence in Michoacan is blamed on the break-up of La Familia, founded in 2006 and considered one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels.

The La Familia faction led by Jesus Mendez is battling the faction led by Servando Gomez and Enrique Plancarte, who formed Los Caballeros Templarios in March, journalists from Michoacan told EFE.

–IANS/EFE
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