jueves, 12 de junio de 2014

Over 35 shot, found dead around Mexico in a week

No less than 37 were reported killed or found in makeshift graves around Mexico in recent days, in incidents attributed to organised crime or local drug dealing. Reports from May indicated a resurgence in crime around the country, after the apparent and relative success of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto in reducing cartel violence since December 2012. The review Proceso counted 15 killings nationwide through 8-9 June, including of 12 found dead in the state of Sinaloa. Judicial authorities there attributed to gang fighting or a turf war the "torture" and killing of 12 men whose bodies were found early on 9 June at the back of a pickup truck in San Ignacio. The state's deputy-chief prosecutor Martín Robles Armenta said the 12 were themselves thought related to "at least" 18 murders and six were being or had been prosecuted for unspecified crimes, Milenio reported. The review Proceso cited a senior police official of Sinaloa as attributing the deaths to "local conditions" or fighting between rural residents, rather than drugs. Later on 9 June six people shot dead in a house in the Gustavo A. Madero sector of Mexico City, in what authorities later described as revenge for an earlier killing among local dealers, Milenio reported on 10 June. Two of the victims were teenagers or children; all were shot in the neighbourhood of Cuautepec El Alto. In the western state of Guerrero, authorities found a mass grave on 7 June, which yielded no less than 14 corpses after two days of excavation. Investigators found the burial spot in the locality of Eduardo Neri while looking for a girl reported as missing since 2013, Proceso reported. Two skeletons were separately found in the district of Jojutla in Morelos on 11 June.