Eight human heads found near roadsides

2010-07-28 10:21

Eight human heads were found early yesterday in four separate

places near roadsides outside the northern Mexico city of Durango, the local

prosecutor’s office said.

Police found the heads within the space of two-and-a-half hours due

to anonymous tip-offs, “but had not identified the victims, nor located the

bodies,” said a statement from the Durango state prosecutor’s office.

The victims were males thought to have been aged between 25 and 30,

the statement said.

The tip-offs said that two human heads had been dumped on each of

three roads out of Durango city.

Workers cleaning a traffic island found the remaining two on a road

leading north to the industrial city of Gomez Palacio.

The attorney-general on Sunday accused officials at a prison in

Gomez Palacio of releasing inmates to carry out drug-related killings.

Those

included three massacres which left 35 dead this year in neighbouring Torreon,

in Coahuila state.

Gruesome suspected drug killings have plagued Coahuila and Durango

in recent months.

Authorities blame the violence on fighting between the Sinaloa

gang, headed by Mexico’s most wanted man Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and the

brutal Zetas gang of former elite soldiers.

Some 25 000 people have died in spiralling suspected drug violence

since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a military

crackdown on organized crime.



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