Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mexico police find 17 burned bodies in two vehicles

Mexican police have found 17 charred bodies in two pick-up trucks in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state.

Firefighters were called to a burning vehicle and found a dozen corpses, while at another location five bodies were inside a charred truck.

Officials are investigating if the victims were among several people kidnapped in the state on Monday.

Sinaloa is the power base of the drug gang led by Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman.

The governor of Sinaloa state, Mario Lopez Valdez, said he believed the killings were "a message between rival drug gangs".

Firefighters were called out to extinguish a burning vehicle early on Wednesday, officials said.

Minutes later, a second truck was reported to be on fire.

Officials said it appeared the victims had been shot dead, then the vehicles set alight. more