* Eight killed in two separate incidents
* Six bodies had signs of torture
By Gabriel Stargardter
MEXICO CITY, Oct 25 Authorities on Thursday
discovered eight corpses, six of them showing signs of torture,
on the outskirts of Mexico City, where drug-related violence has
mounted in recent weeks.
Police in Ecatepec, a poor suburb north of the capital with
close to 2 million people, found the bodies of five men and one
woman dumped on the street, a police spokeswoman said.
"They were all naked and showed signs of torture," she said.
"It also appeared their throats had been cut."
Separately, police found the bodies of two men aged between
18 and 22 on a nearby street. Both died from gunshot wounds.
Authorities have not yet identified the bodies and had no
suspects in either crime, the spokeswoman said.
Ecatepec lies in the State of Mexico, a region that borders
the capital to the north where over half the population of
greater Mexico City lives.
More than 60,000 people have died in violence linked to drug
trafficking since outgoing President Felipe Calderon launched a
military crackdown on drug cartels after taking office six years
Mexico City has been a relatively safe haven in the battle,
but clashes between gangs in the surrounding states have raised
concerns about a spread of the conflict to the capital.
In September authorities deployed troops to the eastern
suburb of Nezahualcoyotl, as a local feud between two cartels
spilled over into the streets.
Until 2011, the State of Mexico was governed by incoming
President Enrique Pena Nieto, who takes office in December. He
has pledged to continue the fight against organized crime.
According to a tally of drug war deaths kept by newspaper
Reforma, the State of Mexico is on course to suffer its heaviest
death toll this year since Calderon launched his offensive, at a
time when the national count has eased somewhat.
Ecatepec is the home turf of Pena Nieto's successor as state
governor, Eruviel Avila, who was mayor of the municipality.
Both are members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party
(PRI), which ruled Mexico between 1929 and 2000. Critics accuse
the PRI of turning a blind eye to the drug trade while in power.