Mexghanistan looks like it tends to outdo last year’s record number of murders. The country is a veritable killing fields, as it seems every day there are reports of another round of slayings. The murders are taking on the appearance of those one finds in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, decapitation and dismembering.
It’s truly horrible what is going on down there, but don’t expect the media to take much notice. After all, if over 30,000 murdered persons since 2006 didn’t get their attention, it’s not likely another few thousand will. It’s the new normal.
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) – Police found the bodies of 15 slain men, 14 of them headless, on a street outside a shopping center in the Pacific coast resort ofAcapulco on Saturday.
The victims, all of whom appeared to be in their 20s, were discovered in an area not frequented by tourists.
Handwritten signs left with the bodies were signed by “El Chapo’s People”—a reference to the Sinaloa cartel, headed by drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman—said Fernando Monreal Leyva, director of investigative police for Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located.
Acapulco has been the site of fierce battles between drug gangs, and this weekend got off to a bloody start with 27 people killed there from Friday evening to early Saturday, Leyva said.
The dead included two police officers cut down on a main bayside avenue in front of tourists and locals; six people who were shot dead and stuffed in a taxi, their hands and feet bound; and four others elsewhere in the city.
At least 30,196 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against cartels in late 2006.
Also Saturday, authorities said a small-town mayor was found dead in northern Mexico.
Saul Vara Rivera, mayor of the municipality of Zaragoza, was reported missing by family members Wednesday, Coahuila state prosecutors said in a statement. His bullet-ridden body was discovered Friday in neighboring Nuevo Leon state.
At least a dozen mayors were killed nationwide last year in acts of intimidation attributed to drug gangs.