Mexican police found 15 decapitated bodies in the city of Acapulco today, bringing the death toll in the past day to 28 in the city known for its beach resorts.
The bodies of 15 men between the ages of 25 and 30 were found on a sidewalk in front of a shopping mall, the public security ministry for Guerrero state said in a statement on its website. In a separate incident, six people were found dead in a taxi this morning, the ministry said in a separate statement. A total of 28 bodies have been found in the city since last night, newspaper El Universal reported.
Police first arrived at the shopping center this morning after a car was reported on fire, the statement said. The press office at the Guerrero state attorney general’s office declined to comment on its investigation.
The incidents in Acapulco come a day after the mayor of Zaragoza in Coahuila state was found dead with gunshot wounds.
Mexico last year reported the highest toll of drug-related deaths since President Felipe Calderon took office four years ago and began deploying troops in a battle against cartels. Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez last month reported 30,196 such deaths between December 2006 and November 2010, and 12,456 in the first 11 months of last year.
To contact the reporters on this story: Jens Erik Gould in Mexico City at firstname.lastname@example.org.