- Title: Nine bodies with signs of torture found in violent southwest Mexico
- Date: 22nd November 2016
- Summary: TIXTLA, GUERRERO, MEXICO (NOVEMBER 21, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS MORE OF CRIME SCENE
- Embargoed: 7th December 2016 02:04
- Keywords: Mexico violence Guerrero bodies
- Location: TIXTLA, GUERRERO STATE AND CHILPANCINGO, GUERRERO STATE, MEXICO
- City: TIXTLA, GUERRERO STATE AND CHILPANCINGO, GUERRERO STATE, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA00559IY9TV
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- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC MATERIAL
The bodies of nine men with signs of torture were discovered in the poor, hyper-violent Mexican state of Guerrero, the state government said on Monday (November 21).
The bodies were found on Sunday (November 20) evening outside the town of Atliaca, near the state capital of Chilpancingo, the state government said in a statement.
Representatives from the state attorney general's office found four bodies with feet and hands bound, and the remains of five other people in plastic bags, the statement said.
"The bodies of nine males were found, decapitated and with signs of torture. After receiving the report, the state's prosecutor office went to the place where the bodies were seen and where they started the work of retrieving and identifying them," said Roberto Alvarez of Guerrero state's security coordination group.
Guerrero, in the southwest of the country, is the murder capital of Mexico, where deadly cartels are fighting over heroin and crystal meth trafficking routes.
"Because of those facts, the state's attorney general's office opened an investigation in addition to taking all the necessary steps to identify the bodies. I'd like to inform that for the Guerrero coordination group, this act reflects that there are strong fights between criminal groups who use extreme violence," Alvarez added.
In 2014, 43 student teachers went missing in Guerrero, sparking a major human rights crisis for President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose popularity has sunk to fresh lows over his handling of the economy, rising violence and perceptions of corruption.
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