Six dismembered bodies found in Mexico taxi

2016-05-27 22:41


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Morelia - The bodies of six men - three decapitated and the rest dismembered - were discovered inside an abandoned taxi in a violent area of western Mexico, an official said on Thursday.

The cadavers are unclaimed "and there are no reports of people missing in the area", a source in the office of the Michoacan attorney general told AFP

Assailants left the severed bodies in the car on the outskirts of the municipality Venustiano Carranza in Michoacan, near that state's border with Jalisco.

While the perpetrators have not yet been identified, prosecutors said in an official report that authorities had spotted a suspect taxi that was followed by a dark vehicle entering the town of La Barca in Jalisco en route to Michoacan.

"After realising it was being followed by police, the taxi was abandoned in a ditch in the town of Venustiano Carranza, while the other car sped toward the town of Ibarra before returning to La Barca," the text read.

Michoacan and Jalisco are hotbeds of drug production and trafficking to the United States. Assassinations and bloody clashes between cartels are commonplace in the region.

In 2013, farmers in Michoacan formed militias to defend themselves against the now disbanded Michoacan Family organised crime syndicate and its offshoot cartel the Knights Templar, criminal organisations known for extortion, kidnappings and murder in the area.

The New Generation cartel in Jalisco has also gained momentum in recent years, perpetrating dramatic attacks against federal forces.

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