Beheaded bodies found in Acapulco
Fifteen bodies, all but one of them decapitated, were found early Saturday in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco amid intensifying drug violence inMexico.
The victims, all male, were discovered at dawn near a shopping mall, along with several threatening handwritten messages that are left as calling cards by drug cartels, authorities said.
The messages were signed by Mexico’s most wanted man, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, the leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which is fighting rivals in the area, police said. The half-naked bodies were mutilated and beaten, and machetes appeared to have been used, police said.
The Sinaloa gang is waging a war for control of Acapulco, its port and routes to the United States, fighting the weakened Beltran Leyva cartel and the South Pacific cartel, a breakaway faction of the Beltran Leyva gang.
Drug violence has killed more than 30,000 people since President Felipe Calderon launched his army-led crackdown on drug cartels in December 2006. After a brief Christmas lull, violence has again surged across the country, with at least 10 attacks since then on police and on a prison in Monterrey.