Border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico explodes in drugs turf war
9 found hanging from a bridge, 14 decapitated
Victims – five men and four women, between the ages of 25 and 30, showed signs of torture
All suspected members of Los Zetas drugs cartel
Banner hanging from the bridge claimed the victims, had committed an April 24 car bombing outside a police station
Bodies of 23 people have been found hanging from a bridge or decapitated and dumped along the border city of Nuevo Laredo, where drug cartels are fighting a bloody and escalating turf war.
Authorities found nine of the victims, five male and four women, hanging from an overpass leading to a main highway, said a Tamaulipas state on 04 May 2012, said an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to provide information on the case.
Hours later, police found 14 human heads inside coolers outside city hall along with a threatening note. The 14 bodies were found in black plastic bags stashed in coolers inside a car abandoned near near the town hall, just across the border from the U.S., the official said. The heads were were found
Mexican authorities announced that the victims with signs of torture and were suspected members of Los Zetas drugs cartel
The four men and five women discovered dangling from the Colosio Bridge in Nuevo Laredo were handcuffed, blindfolded and bore signs of torture.
A banner hanging from the bridge claimed the victims — between the ages of 25 and 30 — had committed an April 24 car bombing outside a police station, Mexican media reported.
Hours later, the 14 headless bodies were found in black bags in a gray van parked near a trade association.
The heads were in three ice chests found three hours later.
Nuevo Laredo, on the Texas border, is the site of a vicious feud between the Zeta and Gulf cartels.
Last month, another 14 bodies were found abandoned outside the mayor’s office.
More than 50,000 people have been killed since the Mexican government began a crackdown on narco-trafficking in 2006.