26 die in Mexico drug violence

2013-01-06 08:10

Mexico City - At least 26 people were killed in Mexico in the past 24 hours in apparent drug-related crimes, including six men shot dead whose bodies bear signs of torture, authorities said on Saturday.

Of the 26 deaths reported from Friday to Saturday, 16 of them took place in Chihuahua state, which shares a long border with the United States. Six others occurred in Sinaloa state, a stronghold of one of Mexico's ruthless drug gangs.

In Chihuahua, the bodies of six men were found late on Friday in a ravine in the town of Balleza. Prosecutors said the men were tortured and then shot dead. Three of them had ties to Balleza's mayor.

In Sinaloa, six people were found dead in two separate incidents.

Chihuahua and Sinaloa have been two of the states hardest-hit in Mexico's grinding drug war.

At least 70 000 people have died in drug-related violence since 2006, when troops were deployed to battle drug cartels, according to the new government, which took over in December.

New President Enrique Pena Nieto has pledged to reduce the country's crime rate as he battles the powerful cartels.

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-06 08:25

    Drugs is a real dirty game! IRR

  • calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-06 08:37

    Role models for capetonians

  • Ayanda Daniel - 2013-01-06 10:03

    If my ANC was governing there the death toll would be 158255325565588522482682682228653836

      dingiswayo.nyambose.1 - 2013-01-06 11:13

      Mexico is like the western cape. The DA would do a better job there! DA and drugs go together and ANC and crime fit in well!!

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