CANCUN, Mexico, April 14 Six people were
strangled to death and one decapitated in the southern Mexican
tourist resort of Cancun on Sunday, the state's deputy attorney
general said, in the latest mass killing to strike the city in
the last few weeks.
Police found the bodies of the five men and two women in a
shack in the outskirts of Cancun, a major tourist destination on
Mexico's Caribbean coast, that has largely escaped the
drug-related violence that has racked Acapulco, a faded tourist
destination on the Pacific coast.
"It looks like the victims were independent drug dealers
without any links to any specific cartel," said Juan Ignacio
Hernandez, deputy attorney general of Quintana Roo state.
Last month six people died and five were injured after two
men opened fire in a bar on the outskirts of Cancun.
In a separate incident, police on Sunday found the body of
another man in Cancun who had been gagged, bound and wrapped in
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has promised to put an
end to the violence that exploded after his predecessor, Felipe
Calderon, launched a military-led attack on the warring cartels.
More than 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related
violence in Mexico since 2007.
(Reporting by Isela Serrano; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter;
Editing by Eric Walsh)