Entries in U.S. border (2)


49 Bodies Found Decapitated, Hands Cut Off, 110 Miles from U.S. Border 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The mutilated bodies of 43 men and six women were discovered in plastic bags near the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, 110 miles from the U.S. border, the BBC reports.

The bodies were found in Cadereyta municipality at 4:00 local time (5:00 ET), and led officials to close down the highway between Monterrey and the border town of Reynosa. The victims were decapitated and their hands had been cut off, making it difficult to identify them, although the state prosecutor said it was possible they were Central American migrants. Authorities said it appeared the bodies had been killed up to two days ago at a different location and dumped from a truck, says the BBC.

The grisly discovery comes four days after police found the decapitated and dismembered bodies of 18 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico. Four days prior to that, 23 bodies were discovered hanging from a bridge or decapitated in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.

A note left with the bodies said that they had been killed by the Zetas cartel, according to the BBC.

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Nuevo Laredo: 23 Bodies Found on U.S. Border, Decapitated, Tortured

Hemera/Thinkstock (NUEVO LAREDO, Texas) -- The bodies of 23 people killed under horrific conditions have been found in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo on the U.S. border, the BBC reports.  

Nine bodies showing signs of torture were discovered hanging from a bridge, and 14 decapitated bodies were found in a vehicle hours later. Ice boxes that were dumped outside of the mayor's office contained the victim's heads, according to the BBC.

A message found with the hanged bodies said they were members of the Gulf cartel who had been murdered by their rivals, the notorious Zetas. Police believed the bodies were gang members but could not confirm who was guilty of the killings.

Mexican drug cartels have been fighting over smuggling routes along the U.S.-Mexico border for years. About 50,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006, says the BBC.

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