Mexico City — On Thursday, assailants left the bodies of 10 beaten and killed in front of the governor’s office in Zacatecas, north-central Mexico. The bodies of eight men and two women were stuffed into a pickup truck left before dawn and found near the Christmas tree in the state capital’s main plaza. This is also called Zacatecas.
Governor David Monreal said he had begun work when he was informed of the horrific discoveries.
“They came to leave them here … apparently beaten and injured corpses,” Monreal said.
Francisco Murillo, the state’s chief prosecutor, said seven out of ten were autopsied and all died from “suffocation due to strangulation.” Six were injured, suggesting that their feet and hands were tied up. One showed signs of possible torture.
Of the five bodies identified so far, three were previously detained on charges of drugs or robbery, Murillo said.
He said several suspects had been arrested in connection with the body dump, but refused to reveal details.
According to the Federal Public Security Bureau, a man drove a truck to the square, got out of the car and walked down the alley.
The ministry said federal agencies are sending reinforcements to Zacatecas to support the investigation.
Zacatecas, with the highest per capita homicide rate in Mexico, is the main transit point for drugs, especially the powerful synthetic analgesic fentanyl, to move north towards the US border.With sinaloaCartels have fought for control, primarily in local states, through alliances with local gangs.
“What we received was a cursed inheritance from the previous administration,” Monreal said.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was unable to significantly reduce murders in Mexico. In the first 11 months of 2021, 31,615 people were killed, down only 3.6% from 32,814 in 2020.
The bodies of 10 murder victims dumped in front of the Mexican Governor’s Office
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