Mexico : Mexico’s infamous drug war took a macabre turn yesterday when a bitter gang war rivalry resulted in loss of 19 lives. The killing spree was reported from the western state of Michoacan, Mexico.
Mexican police found nine bodies hanging from an overpass alongside a drug cartel banner threatening rivals. The Mexican police also discovered 10 more corpses hacked up and dumped by the road nearby.
The horrible incident took everyone by surprise as it marked a return to the grisly massacres carried out by drug cartels at the height of Mexico’s 2006-2012 drug war.
The victims in the city of Uruapan had been shot to death. Some were hung with their hands bound, some with their pants pulled down and two of the bodies hung by rope from the overpass by their necks, half naked, and one of the dismembered bodies were women.
Uruapan’s history is marked with turbulent drug wars with its first case reported to be in 2006 where a dance floor was intercepted with five severed heads being rolled out by now-diminished La Familia cartel. The city of Michoacan was under the cloud of the drug lords who unleashed eight years of terror on the common people.
A vigilante group comprising of farmers and ranchers then rose up in a movement against the drug cartels thus driving La Familia and its successor cartel, the Caballero’s Templarios, out of the state.
Hipolito Mora, one of the original founders of the vigilante movement, said the violence is worse than ever and he wants the army to come back to Michoacan to help battle the cartels. “We’re worse off now than we were then,” Mora said.
The Michoacan State Attorney General Adrian Lopez Solis killings discovered Thursday appeared to be part of a turf war.
“Certain criminal gangs are fighting over territory, to control activities related to drug production distribution and consumption,” Lopez Solis said. “Unfortunately, this conflict results in these kinds of acts that justifiably alam the public,” he added.