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By William Booth, Published: May 4
MEXICO CITY — In a bold public display of the gang violence sweeping across northern Mexico, residents in the border city of Nuevo Laredo awoke at dawn Friday to find nine corpses of men and women hanging from a bridge at a busy intersection just a 10-minute drive from Texas.
A few hours later, authorities discovered 14 headless bodies wrapped in plastic bags, stuffed into a sport-utility vehicle in front of a Mexican customs agency. The 14 heads were later placed in plastic-foam coolers and left by armed men on a crosswalk beside the city hall, according to the attorney general in Tamaulipas state.
Residents accustomed to violence in Nuevo Laredo erupted in fear and disgust on social media networks. One tweet read: “We have no law in Nuevo Laredo. Welcome to the Jungle!” A car bomb exploded in front of a police station last month, followed by a gun battle between Mexican soldiers and gangsters.
A Web site devoted to news about narco-violence published photographs of the nine victims — five men and four women — swinging from the bridge, the corpses bloody and bearing marks of torture. Some had their pants pulled down to their ankles.
There was a banner hung beside the bodies on the bridge, and its profanity-laden message boasted that “in this way I am finishing you all off.” It also said that one victim “cried like a woman giving birth.”
It was unknown who left the bodies hanging from the bridge or whether the 14 decapitated corpses found later were a response. Local police and state security officials reported no motives or arrests.
“It appears there is a really awful fight going on for the control of Nuevo Laredo,” said Raul Benitez Manaut, a drug policy scholar.
The city is an important gateway for smuggling drugs and people north to the United States, and for shipping bulk cash and weapons south to Mexico. Nuevo Laredo is a battleground between the Gulf Cartel and its former enforcers, the Zetas.
The mutilated bodies of 14 people were found in a vehicle in one of the main streets of Nuevo Laredo, in northeastern Mexico, bringing to 23 the bodies found today in that city, officials said.
Human remains, without heads, were found in black bags inside a van parked outside the headquarters of the Customs Brokers Association of Nuevo Laredo, said a source at the prosecutor's state of Tamaulipas.
Meanwhile, 14 heads that presumably correspond to the mutilated bodies were found in abandoned ice chests near the town hall of the city, the U.S. border.
The finding of these 14 people are added to the nine bodies found hanged at dawn at the Colosio Bridge, located at the intersection of Boulevard Colosio and National Highway.
The victims, five men and four women were blindfolded and showed signs of torture, said a source from the Mayor of that city.
Along with these bodies were found a message that is being linked to the explosion of a car bomb outside the Public Safety Building.
The war between the "Gulf Cartel" and former arm " Los Zetas", leaving a balance of 23 dead in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, confirmed Cabinet officials of national security.
According to preliminary reports, in an abandoned vehicle were the bodies of 14 people beheaded, who allegedly belonged to the Gulf Cartel.
Meanwhile, nine alleged members of "Los Zetas" appeared hanging.
Federal authorities said Nuevo Laredo is considered one of the key points for the smuggling of drugs into the United States, so that both opposing groups vie for control of this route that is considered key for drug operations.
During the early morning found nine bodies were hung in the issuance Colosio, and 14 decapitated black bags were left in front of the building of the Customs Brokers Association.
The mutilated bodies of 14 people were found in a vehicle in one of the main streets of Nuevo Laredo, in northeastern Mexico, rises to 23 dead bodies found today in that city, officials said.
Human remains, without heads, were found in black bags into a van parked outside the headquarters of the Customs Brokers Association of Nuevo Laredo, said a source at the prosecutor's state of Tamaulipas.
Meanwhile, 14 heads that presumably correspond to the mutilated bodies in coolers were found abandoned near the town hall of the city, bordering the United States and located in Tamaulipas.
These findings occur within hours of this morning that soldiers found the bodies of nine people, five men and four women hanged a bridge, with signs of torture and blindfolded.
The alleged perpetrators of the 14 deaths not leave messages, while those responsible for the murder of people hanging on the bridge at the intersection of National Road and the Boulevard Colosio did.
Through a blanket, alleged members of Los Zetas criminal organization attributed the killings of alleged members of the Gulf Cartel for "heating the plaza" and attract the attention of the security forces attacks.
In the message, the victims were allegedly responsible for the bombing of the headquarters of the municipal police registered on 24 April.
The "z" threaten to end their Gulf rivals, apparently allied with the Sinaloa cartel to wrest control of the city.
On April 17, 14 bodies were also found dismembered in a vehicle parked on the side of the Municipality of Nuevo Laredo with a message allegedly signed by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, which announced its arrival in the city to clean the "Zetas."
The upsurge in violence in Nuevo Laredo, a bastion of Los Zetas, is related to increased pressure from the authorities against this criminal group leaders and clashes between rival cartels .
The Mexican army took over the work of public security in the city due to corruption of the police operating in the area.
more of the same
After the morning they were at nine bodies hanging from the Colosio overpass in this city, 14 decapitated i were abandoned and left in black bags left in front of the building of the Customs Brokers Association.
The heads were later found in three coolers that gunmen left on pedestrian bridge above Benito Juarez st, who joins the streets Herrera and Heroes Nacataz in front of City Hall.
According to local police reports, the bodies were bagged in a safari vehicle.
Minutes after 11:00 hours, the Central Preventive Police in Nuevo Laredo received reports that armed men left three abandoned coolers on the pedestrian bridge attached to the City Hall.
The area was cordoned off and local authorities requested the intervention of the Mexican Army, and they suspected that appearance of more mutilated bodies or even a bomb, as happened last week with the explosion in front of the Municipal Public Safety Building.
Later, authorities reported that the military found in the coolers heads of men, who have not been identified.
By some accounts, this is the response of the criminal group aggrieved by hanging nine from Bypass Colosio.
The zetas are a formidable opponent for the Sinaloa Cartel. They are not going to go out easily. I can see this war going on for another decade. It's never ending. Even when it does end, it will only come back again one day. Look at Colombia. They experienced a lil' peace for a while but now the violence has risen again. Now Bogota, Colombia is the most violent city in the world today. The U.S. needs to stop turning a blind eye and needs to create a better plan in sustaining the drug war because right now it seems like a hopeless situation. Ingenuity is lacking within both the Mexican and U.S. governments while the cartels have mastered the art of ingenuity and murder.
Look: this is even on the BBC. This article is about the 14 more bodies found but also mentions the earlier 9 who were hanged. The BBC is very careful to sanitize reports. You'll notice that they don't even mention that the people who had been hanged appeared to have been tortured. They also do not publish any kind of photos that may be the least bit shocking to their readership.
Yes, they did in the second paragraph. They mention the nine been tortured just kind of matter of factly not with much detail.
"Nine bodies with signs of torture were found hanging from a bridge."
"Hours later, 14 decapitated bodies were discovered in a vehicle, police said. Their heads were found in ice boxes dumped outside the mayor's office."
You are right though the BBC style is always very clear, correct, concise, safe. sanitized which can leave me sighing with relief from some of the early mexican articles I read that can contain all sorts of weirdly worded inconsistencies and lots of opinions and suppositions with "alleged" that turn out later to be wrong.
if their readership got a dose of some of the videos, pictures or Buela's infamous box of horrors, they might never recover. We have perhaps become more used to it by now though I'd say but I still get shocked cause I'm sort of a torture wimp.