3/1/2017 The Guardian
Police have found the tortured bodies of nine men and two women on the outskirts of Mexico’s Gulf coast city of Veracruz, authorities said on Wednesday, a day after increased state and federal security forces were deployed to parts of the state.
The Veracruz governor, Miguel Angel Yunes, called the killings “an act of barbarity” and said they were part of a battle between drug gangs.
Yunes said the 11 bodies had been found near a stolen vehicle. The governor did not reveal the message written on a sign left near the corpses, but local media reported that it said: “You want a war, you’ll get a war.”
Yunes declined to identify the cartels involved in the dispute, but in the past the Zetas cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel have fought bloody turf battles in the state. The New Generation cartel was blamed for dumping 35 bound, tortured bodies on a busy boulevard in a suburb of Veracruz in 2011.