Vi­o­lent week­end in south­ern Mex­ico leaves 24 peo­ple dead

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

ACAPULCO: At least 24 peo­ple, some bear­ing signs of tor­ture, were killed in a se­ries of in­ci­dents over the week­end in Mex­ico’s vi­o­lence-plagued south­ern state of Guer­rero, of­fi­cials have said. Faced with an uptick in blood­shed the state gover­nor held an “ur­gent ses­sion” with army com­man­ders and fed­eral and state po­lice in an ef­fort to strengthen se­cu­rity in the re­gion, the state’s se­cu­rity spokesman Roberto Al­varez told a Mex­i­can tele­vi­sion chan­nel on Mon­day. “The bod­ies of nine males with vis­i­ble signs of tor­ture” were dis­cov­ered on Sun­day night on a road be­tween the towns of Tixtla and Atli­aca, in Guer­rero’s cen­tral re­gion, the state’s sec­re­tary of se­cu­rity said in a state­ment on Mon­day.

Agents at the lo­cal pros­e­cu­tors of­fice re­ported find­ing “four bod­ies tied at the feet and hands,” and noted that au­thor­i­ties also re­cov­ered five black plas­tic bags con­tain­ing the re­mains of five more peo­ple. Those five bod­ies had been dis­mem­bered, with some of the body parts found out­side the bags, a Tixtla po­lice com­man­der said, re­quest­ing anonymity for se­cu­rity rea­sons. Mean­while, five more peo­ple were killed else­where in the state. Au­thor­i­ties are tak­ing steps to iden­tify the in­di­vid­u­als. At least 10 ad­di­tional peo­ple died in Guer­rero’s Pa­cific re­sort of Acapulco dur­ing a week­end of blood­shed, in­clud­ing two mem­bers of the Navy, said Al­varez.

The south­ern state has suf­fered years of drug car­tel vi­o­lence as gangs grow mar­i­juana and opium pop­pies in re­mote moun­tains and bat­tle for con­trol of heroin traf­fick­ing routes. Acapulco, once a glam­orous get­away for Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties, is now con­sid­ered Mex­ico’s mur­der cap­i­tal, with 111 homi­cides per ev­ery 100,000 res­i­dents last year. In Septem­ber, a top Guer­rero po­lice of­fi­cial and his fe­male com­pan­ion were stabbed to death in Acapulco.

More than 170,000 peo­ple have been killed and over 28,000 more have been re­ported miss­ing in Mex­ico since the govern­ment launched an all-out mil­i­tary as­sault on drug traf­fick­ing in 2006, of­fi­cial data shows. It does not give the num­ber of peo­ple killed by drug gangs and other or­ga­nized crime.

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