News24

3 mutilated bodies found in Mexican town

2012-01-18 08:31

Acapulco - Three dismembered bodies were found on Tuesday in different parts of the Mexican resort town of Acapulco in what appears to be continuing drug cartel violence, the Guerrero state government said.

Two of the bodies were found in a burning car and on the pavement of the roadway at the entrance of a resort, officials said.

Firefighters responding to the report of a car fire found two heads on the pavement, the lower part of a man's body in the trunk and the rest of the bodies in two bags inside the vehicle.

Earlier in the day, neighbours in a residential area found the dismembered body of a man inside a home.

Acapulco is one of Mexico's busiest tourist destinations. Since 2010, murders and kidnappings resulting from gang warfare have increased significantly.

About 50 000 people have been killed in a government war against drug cartels that started in December 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon ordered troops to help police fight against the gangs.