Monday, July 11, 2011

More than 40 bodies found in just 24 HOURS after three shootings in Mexico drug wars - 10th July 2011

More than 40 bodies were found in Mexico in just 24 hours as vicious gun battles between rival drug cartels broke out in three different cities.

In the northern city of Monterrey, where the Zetas gang is fighting its former ally, at least 20 people died and more than five were injured when gunmen opened fire in a bar, in the city's worst mass killing in recent memory.

Earlier police found one survivor in a pile of 11 bodies dumped near a well on the outskirts of Mexico City. All had been shot with high-powered rifles.

After those shootings on Friday, ten mutilated bodies were found early on Saturday morning in the northern city of Torreon. They had been shot several days before.

Federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire said: 'The violence is a product of this criminal rivalry... surrounding the intent to control illegal activities in a community, and not the only the earnings that come with it, but also with transporting drugs to the United States.'

State officials said the bodies in Torreon, where the Zetas are fighting the Sinaloa cartel headed by Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, were found in a sports-utility vehicle. Seven were men and three were women.

Violence has spiked in Monterrey since the Zetas broke their alliance with the Gulf cartel early last year. Read More