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Fifteen bodies found in Mexico tourist city

posted 8 Jan 2011, 11:40 by Mpelembe   [ updated 8 Jan 2011, 11:43 ]

Fifteen bodies, all but one decapitated, are discovered near a shopping mall in the tourist town of Acapulco.

ACAPULCO, MEXICO  (JANUARY 8, 2011) REUTERS - Fifteen bodies, all but one of them decapitated, were found early on Saturday (January 8) in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, local media reported.

The victims, all male, were discovered at dawn near a shopping mall along with several, threatening hand-written messages that are typically left as a calling card by drug


The tourist destination of Acapulco has been plagued in recent years with violence as the country's cartels fight for drug transport routes.

A burned-out truck and four other destroyed vehicles were found near the bodies.

Four other murder victims were found in other parts of the city in separate incidents, local media reported.

On Friday evening (January 7), the regional co-ordinator of Special Investigations and Recovery of Vehicles, Emanuel Radilla Hernandez, was shot along with his bodyguards in the main avenue of the port, Costera Miguel Aleman, by men on board of two luxurious pick up trucks.

More than 30,000 people have been killed in Mexico since late 2006 when President Felipe Calderon mobilized the army and other security services to confront drug traffickers who supply the United States.