Cartels hang nine bodies from bridge in MexicoNovember 18, 2021
Cartels hang nine bodies from bridge in Mexico as gang violence surges
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- Authorities located 10 bodies, including nine that were left hanging from a bridge in Zacatecas, Mexico, on Thursday morning
- A Zacatecas state official said the incident in the city of Cuauhtémoc was most likely tied to ongoing feuds between criminal factions
- Some of the victims found hanging from the bridge were allegedly residents of the Zacatecas town of Cuauhtémoc
- No arrests had been reported as of Thursday afternoon
Authorities in the central Mexican state of Zacatecas found nine bodies hanging from a bridge and a tenth body nearby on the road of a highway on Thursday.
The gruesome discovery was initially made by residents in the Zacatecas municipality of Cuauhtémoc around 6am local time before police was contacted, Mexico’s TV Azteca Noticias reported.
The bodies were removed from the overpass around 10am.
A local officials, according to Reuters, attributed the killings to a dispute between criminal gangs that operate in the area.
An ‘intense investigation’ was ongoing, the local government said.
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Three of the nine bodies that were found hanging from a bridge in Zacatecas, Mexico, on Thursday morning. State officials told Reuters that the incident may be linked to feuding criminal organizations. No arrests have been made
Residents in the Zacatecas town of Cuauhtémoc noticed the bodies were left hanging from the bridge around 6am local time Thursday before alerting police
No arrests had been made been as of Thursday afternoon.
Most of the victims were identified as residents of Cuauhtémoc, TV Azteca Noticias reported.
Family members whose loved ones were killed in the latest chapter of Mexico’s criminal organization warfare called on the government to provide additional security in the city.
‘They pay for the sins of others, it is not fair that they do this to us because they pay for the sinners,’ a resident told the network.
‘It’s even scary, it’s scary to go out at night,’ said another resident of the small town with a population of 6,660. ‘You have to go to sleep early and every night there is noise, motorcycles, screaming, things like that.’
Thursday’s gruesome findings comes after authorities also discovered three bodies hanging from a bridge in the city of Fresnillo, 68 miles from Cuauhtémoc.
TV Azteca Noticias reported that some of the victims found hanging from the bridge were residents of the Zacatecas town of Cuauhtémoc
Gang-related violence in some parts of Mexico has intensified recently, including in the popular tourist zones of Quintana Roo state.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that National Guard troops will permanently deploy to Cancún and the surrounding area following an uptick in violent incidents, including the deaths of two tourists in the resort of Tulum who were caught in gang crossfire.
As of September, 21,495 people had died from violence linked to criminal organizations this year, an average of almost 2,400 per month, according to the government.
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