Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Mexico: bleeding to death in the war on drugs

Another 72 corpses found in a new mass grave. Feuding cartels blamed for displays of mutilated bodies. Death toll in four-year crackdown passes 28,000


By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

The shootout left four people dead; but that was just the beginning. As dust began to settle on a ranch in north-eastern Mexico, thought to have been owned by one of the world's most powerful drug cartels, the battle-hardened Marines stumbled upon their first decomposing corpse. Minutes later, they found a second; then a third. By the time troops had finished searching the remote property, roughly 90 miles from the US border, a total of 72 contorted bodies had been laid out in rows, beneath the summer sunshine. The 54 men and 18 women had all been recently murdered. None has so far been identified, but a survivor confirmed that they were illegal migrants from Central America who had been taken hostage by the Zetas, a drug-running organisation which recently diversified into kidnapping and human trafficking.  Read Full Story...

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