Eight decapitated bodies bearing traces of bullets were found on a country road in the Mexican state of Michoacán (west), where criminal gangs linked to drug trafficking operate, the local prosecutor’s office announced on Friday.
Police and forensic experts, alerted by a phone call, “located the lifeless bodies of eight men, who showed wounds apparently produced by projectiles from firearms, as well as mutilations,” he said. said the attorney general’s office in a statement.
The bodies were dumped in a mountainous and sparsely populated area of the municipality of Aguililla, where attacks by the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) have been reported in recent days.
A source in the attorney general’s office, who asked not to be identified, said the victims were beheaded.
In the state of Michoacán operate local gangs from cartels dismantled a few years ago and cells of the CJNG, based in the neighboring state of Jalisco.
More than 300,000 people have been killed in Mexico since December 2006, when the federal government launched a controversial anti-drug military operation.
Experts believe, in particular, that the mobilization of the army has resulted in the cartels being fragmented into smaller and more violent cells.