23 killed in day of horror for Mexico border city

Agence France-Presse
Gang violence leaves 14 headless bodies stuffed in a vehicle and 9 bodies hanging from a bridge

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – The northern Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo saw a brutal day of gang violence Friday, May 4, with 14 headless bodies found stuffed in a vehicle and 9 bodies found hanging from a bridge.

Police in the city across the river border from Laredo, Texas also found 14 heads believed to belong to the decapitated bodies in ice boxes outside the city hall.

Horrified motorists encountered the blood-stained bodies of 4 women and 5 men hanging off a bridge, along with an apparent message from a drug gang.

The grim spectacles were extreme even for Nuevo Laredo, a city of nearly 400,000, and the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, which have seen some of the most gruesome episodes in Mexico’s brutal 5-and-a-half year drug war.

State security forces and soldiers cordoned off the areas where the bodies were found and gave no immediate comment.

Nuevo Laredo is regularly the scene of vicious disputes between the Zetas drug gang – set up in the 1990s by Mexican ex-elite soldiers – and their former employers, the Gulf cartel, now believed to be allied to the Sinaloa cartel of billionaire fugitive Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. – Agence France-Presse