The Country Mexico 14 SEP 2012 – 22:26 CET
This Friday 16 bodies have appeared in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, in the northeast. Nine have been found in the city of Nuevo Laredo, on the border with the United States, and seven in the municipality of San Fernando. Tamaulipas is a key region for drug trafficking to the north, and two criminal gangs, the Zetas and their former ally, the Gulf Cartel, are scrambling to control this territory.
The dead have appeared in San Fernando pulled to the side of a road in the municipality. All had been shot and most had their hands bound, according to a statement from the Attorney (prosecutor) of Justice of Tamaulipas.
The Nuevo Laredo have been found on a footbridge. Authorities have linked the killing to a cartel, since beside the bodies had a message signed by one of these groups of organized crime, but did not specify which.
The bodies have been located by military Colosio Boulevard bridge on the expressway between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey. According to the Ministry of Municipal Security, criminals hung by their feet one of the bodies overnight. The other victims were found on the bridge and on both sides of the road.
An official of the state of Tamaulipas, on condition of anonymity, explained to AFP that the victims had been kidnapped hours earlier at a bar in town. Authorities have confirmed in a statement that one of the victims was a 16 years and that all bodies had gunshot wounds to the head.
It is the second time so far this year that happens a massacre of its kind in the city. On May also nine bodies were found , five men and four women, hung from a bridge with signs of torture. Then, the image of the bodies went around the world.
Nuevo Laredo authorities consider a territory controlled by Los Zetas , although other groups would be trying to gain ground in an area that, because of its location, is a key square by crossing the 75% of the drug that reaches the United States by land.
The discovery on Friday comes just two days after the arrest of Gulf Cartel leader Jorge Eduardo Costilla . Another kingpin of this gang, Mario Cárdenas Guillén, brother of former cartel leader Osiel Cardenas, imprisoned in the U.S., was arrested on September 5.