16 killed in Mex­ico dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions

Some be­headed, others tor­tured

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Six­teen peo­ple were killed dur­ing Christ­mas hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions in Mex­ico’s main drug-traf­fick­ing states and six hu­man heads were found in one lo­ca­tion, of­fi­cials said. A gang slaugh­tered seven peo­ple - in­clud­ing three po­lice of­fi­cers - at a fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion in the vi­o­lent south­ern state of Guer­rero, po­lice told AFP. The mas­sacre oc­curred early Christ­mas Day out­side a house in the vil­lage of Puente del Rey, where the gun­men shot dead the six men and one woman, aged 24 to 54.

Those killed were three broth­ers, their fa­ther, their un­cle, and a man and a woman who had been in­vited to the home. Three of the vic­tims were po­lice of­fi­cers, a re­gional se­cu­rity ministry of­fi­cial said.

In Chi­huahua - which bor­ders the United States and has, like Guer­rero, en­dured bru­tal drug-re­lated vi­o­lence - nine peo­ple were killed dur­ing Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions, au­thor­i­ties said. Five of them died in Ci­u­dad Juarez, in­clud­ing three women who were first tor­tured and a man whose dis­mem­bered re­mains were found in an aban­doned trunk. In the western state of Mi­choa­can six hu­man heads were found, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice. Au­thor­i­ties have not iden­ti­fied the re­mains, which have been trans­ferred to a foren­sic of­fice for anal­y­sis. The heads were found near the border with Jalisco, where the pow­er­ful Jalisco Nueva Gen­era­cion car­tel op­er­ates. That gang is known for clash­ing with ri­val crim­i­nals in neigh­bor­ing Mi­choa­can state, where the Knights Tem­plar drug car­tel once held sway. Car­tels have been bury­ing their vic­tims in hid­den graves across the coun­try for years, and au­thor­i­ties reg­u­larly find hu­man re­mains.

Guer­rero re­cently earned in­ter­na­tional in­famy as a re­gion where 43 stu­dents in 2014 went miss­ing, and were pre­sum­ably mur­dered, at the hands of cor­rupt po­lice work­ing for crim­i­nals. The gov­ern­ment says that since 2006 more than 170,000 peo­ple have been killed and more than 28,000 have been re­ported miss­ing. The data does not in­di­cate which cases are re­lated to or­ga­nized crime.

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