Beheaded bodies found in Mexico

December 25th, 2011 - 10:21 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, Dec 25 (IANS/EFE) At least 10 bodies, some of them decapitated, have been found in a Mexican town, officials said.

The bodies were found Friday in the northern part of the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, said the state attorney general’s office.

Sources said the bodies bore signs of torture and some had been decapitated.

The Gulf, Los Zetas, and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartels, as well as the La Familia Michoacana crime syndicate, are fueling the violence in Veracruz, where more than 500 people have been killed this year.

On Sep 20, at least 35 bodies were found dumped on a busy thoroughfare in Veracruz city. A week later, 32 bodies were found at three drug-gang houses in the Veracruz-Boca del Rio metro area.

The violence prompted the federal government to deploy the military to the state in October.

Veracruz state is Mexico’s third-most populous and is known as a key drug-trafficking corridor to the US.

Authorities also found decapitated bodies of three men near Los Mochis in Sinaloa state.

Two of the heads had their eyes bandaged and had been placed over the word “halcon” and a drawing of the bird, police said.

“Halcon” is a slang term in Mexico that refers to informants for drug-trafficking groups, often taxi drivers, who lead hit men to their targets.

The bodies had their hands tied behind their backs and bore signs of torture.

–IANS/EFE
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