Mexico police find headless corpses

Authorities uncover 12 decapitated bodies bearing signs of torture.

    The headless male bodies were found
    covered with blankets [AFP]

    "We believe that the 12 executions were an isolated incident and not part of a strategy to destabilize the state," Guzman told reporters.

     

    A top Mexican public security official who visited Merida recently had noted that the city had remained largely untouched by the drug war that has left more than 2,600 dead in Mexico so far this year.

     

    Mass protest

     

    Mexicans plan nationwide mass protests on Saturday, in which they will dress in white and carry only candles, in a bid to force the government to act over a spike in murders, kidnappings and police corruption.

     

    Rights and religious groups, kidnap victims and citizens plan to march down major avenues in towns and cities across the country.

     

    The planned protests come amid daily reports of murders and massacres, particularly in the northern Chihuahua State, which has the highest murder rate in the country and where drug cartels are fighting a turf war for control of key drug routes to the United States.

     

    Violence has escalated throughout Mexico since Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president who took office at the end of 2006, launched a crackdown on drug trafficking that included deploying more than 36,000 soldiers across the country.

     

    Some 2,700 people have died this year in gangland-style killings, more than in all of 2007, according to national media and Mexico has overtaken Colombia and Iraq with its kidnapping record.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.