More bodies dumped in eastern Mexico

At least 11 people found murdered in Veracruz, adding to the 35 discovered on Tuesday, in an apparent gang turf war.

    Mexican police are still investigating the murder of 35 people left in two trucks abandoned in Boca del Rio [Reuters]

    At least 11 more bodies have been found dumped around the Mexican city of Veracruz, according to local media reports, two days after the discovery of 35 other corpses in the Gulf port.

    The bodies discovered on Thursday were in small groups scattered in various parts of the city, despite high security for a summit of attorneys general and justice officials.

    On Tuesday, 35 people with suspected links to drug gangs were murdered and their bodies left in two lorries abandoned under a highway bridge in Boca del Rio, about 5km from the centre of Veracruz.

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    Bodies of 35 people with suspected links to drug gangs were found on Tuesday in Veracruz state in eastern Mexico

    Daily Milenio, quoting federal sources, said up to 14 bodies were found on Thursday, although other media put the toll at 11.

    A banner found near the 35 bodies dumped on Tuesday said the killings were a warning to the Zetas, one of Mexico's most ferocious drug gangs, which has been engaged in a turf war with more established rivals. It was not clear whether the latest killings were reprisals for that attack.

    Al Jazeera's Franc Contreras, reporting from Veracruz, said "the bodies were piled up ... showing marks of torture, while body parts were also found".

    Violence between rival drug cartels has been heating up in Veracruz, a coffee- and sugar-growing state which had been little affected by the violence until a few months ago.

    A group of armed men hurled a grenade into a popular area of the city last month, killing one, and earlier this week, 32 inmates escaped from state jails.

    Most of the violence had focused for years on the northern border with the US, but it has spread in recent months to other parts of the country as gangs fracture, old alliances dissolve and smugglers seek new transportation routes.

    About 42,000 people have been killed since Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, launched his war on drug gangs in late 2006.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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