21 bod­ies, some burned, found in north­ern Mex­ico

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - WORLD NEWS - Mark Steven­son

MEX­ICO CITY — Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties said Thurs­day that 21 bod­ies, some burned, have been found in the north­ern Mex­ico bor­der state of Ta­mauli­pas in what ap­pears to have been a clash be­tween drug gangs.

The bod­ies were found near the re­mains of seven burned- out ve­hi­cles near the bor­der town of Miguel Ale­man.

Pres­i­dent An­dres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the killings Wed­nes­day ap­pear to have been part of a dis­pute be­tween gangs. He said de­tails would be re­leased once all the in­for­ma­tion was gath­ered.

A Ta­mauli­pas state of­fi­cial who was not au­tho­rized to be quoted by name said in­ves­ti­ga­tors had counted 21 bod­ies at the scene.

The area around Miguel Ale­man had long been dom­i­nated by the Ze­tas drug car­tel, which was locked in a bat­tle for con­trol of crime in the Rio Grande Val­ley with the ri­val Gulf car­tel. Miguel Ale­man is about 80 km west of McAllen, Texas, which was to be vis­ited Thurs­day by U. S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as part of his cam­paign for a wall or bar­rier along the bor­der with Mex­ico.

The Ze­tas car­tel has since splin­tered, and the deaths in Miguel Ale­man ap­pear to have re­sulted from a dis­pute be­tween the Gulf car­tel and one of the Ze­tas fac­tions, the North­east car­tel.

Ta­mauli­pas has been a ma­jor con­duit for drug ship­ments and has also been the scene of some of the worst mas­sacres and fiercest fight­ing in Mex­ico’s drug war.

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