Fourteen dismembered bodies dumped in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY Thu Jun 7, 2012 11:21pm EDT

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Fourteen dismembered bodies were found in a truck in the center of a town in northern Mexico on Thursday in what appeared to be the latest atrocity committed by rival gangs battling over drug-smuggling routes, local media said.

The bodies of 11 men and three women were discovered in the sugar-cane farming town of Ciudad Mante in the south of Tamaulipas state, which borders on Texas, daily Milenio reported on its website.

Officials at the state attorney general's office could not immediately confirm the report. Tamaulipas has been one of the bloodiest battlegrounds in Mexico's drug war.

More than 55,000 people have been killed in the conflict since President Felipe Calderon sent in the army to fight drug gangs shortly after he took office in December 2006.

Calderon's conservative National Action Party, or PAN, looks likely to lose power in the presidential election on July 1, due partly to rising frustration with the violence.

The government has blamed the turf wars between the brutal Zetas gang, founded by army deserters, and the Sinaloa cartel of Mexico's most-wanted man, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, for an escalation of killings in recent weeks.

Suspected drug cartel killers dumped 49 decapitated and dismembered bodies on a highway near the affluent northern city of Monterrey in May. Days before, 18 mutilated bodies were found near Mexico's second-largest city, Guadalajara.

At the beginning of May, the bodies of nine people were hung from a bridge and 14 other dismembered victims were found in the city of Nuevo Laredo, also in Tamaulipas state and just across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Seven people were wounded on Thursday, including a boy who was seriously hurt, when a male suspect threw a grenade into a restaurant in the town of Amecameca outside Mexico City, a state of Mexico official said.

Authorities are investigating a possible extortion attempt against the business as well as the conflict between two gangs in the area, she said.

(Reporting by Michael O'Boyle; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (3)
Mojito wrote:
Officials at the state attorney general’s office wanted to stress the point that this is Mexico’s drug war and not to be confused with United States war on drugs…

Jun 07, 2012 11:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert76 wrote:
Perhaps it is time for Mexico to bring the entire weight of their military and police forces to bear on the Cartels doing all this killing.

It is also time for all tourists to avoid Mexico until it becomes safe to visit there. It would also help if the gun runners would quit selling death in Mexico and the dope smugglers to find other markets to deal in.

None of this will happen though, so more of the same.

Jun 07, 2012 11:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
malcolmkyle wrote:
Maybe you believe that it’s immoral to use a certain drug, but if you also wish such acts to become/remain criminalized then surely you also have to accept responsibility for the dire unintended consequences of such folly, when these certain plants/concoctions/drugs are then sold only by criminals and terrorists; when the huge black-market profits are used to bribe and threaten law enforcement officials when the availability and usage rates tend to go up, not down; when our prisons become filled to capacity with easily replaced vendors and smugglers – this list is actually endless!

Add to all that the fact that law enforcement and rehabilitation are mutually exclusive. Would alcoholics seek help for their illness if doing so were tantamount to confessing to criminal activity? Likewise, would putting every incorrigible alcoholic behind bars and saddling them with criminal records prove cost-effective? I think most of us already know the answer.

Jun 08, 2012 12:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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