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Grim highlights: mass violence in Mexico

May 14th 2012   ·   3 Comments

Some notable incidents of mass violence Mexico’s drug war over past year:

May 13: Mutilated bodies of 49 people dumped on highway in northern Mexico.

May 9: Dismembered bodies of 18 victims left near Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara.

May 5: Bodies of 23 people found hanging from bridge or decapitated and dumped near city hall in border city of Nuevo Laredo.

April 17: Mutilated bodies of 14 men left in minivan in downtown Nuevo Laredo, along with message from undisclosed drug gang.

April 12: Tortured and bound bodies of seven men dumped in Pacific port city of Lazaro Cardenas along with messages signed by allies of Sinaloa drug cartel.

March 18: Gunmen kill 12 police officers sent to Guerrero state to search for bodies of 10 people whose severed heads were found earlier.

March 15: State lawmaker’s body identified as one of 330 corpses found since April in mass graves in northern state of Durango.

March 7: Sixteen bodies removed from three clandestine graves on outskirts of northern industrial city of Monterrey.

Feb. 7: Suspected Zetas cartel member leads marines to mass graves at two ranches in Gulf coast state of Veracruz where at least 15 bodies unearthed.

Nov. 24, 2011: Bound and gagged bodies of 26 young men found in vans and pickup truck left on expressway in heart of Guadalajara.

Nov. 23: Seventeen burned bodies discovered in two pickup trucks in Sinaloa state capital, Culiacan.

Oct. 6: Alleged members of New Generation gang allied with the Sinaloa cartel lead police to 32 bodies in city of Veracruz.

Oct. 2: Seven bullet-riddled bodies dumped at bus stop in Pacific resort of Zihuatanejo, along with message from Knights Templar gang.

Sept. 27: Five severed heads found in front of primary school in Acapulco.

Sept. 20: New Generation cartel dumps 35 seminude, tortured bodies in front of terrified motorists at rush hour on busy avenue in Veracruz.

Aug. 25: Two dozen gunmen burst into casino in Monterrey, douse it with gasoline and start fire that kills 53 people.

July 26: Police find 18 bodies in clandestine grave near border city of Juarez in northern Mexico.

July 8: At least 20 people killed when gunmen open fire at bar in Monterrey. Eleven bodies shot with high-powered rifles found earlier in day piled near well on outskirts of Mexico City.

June 7: Federal officials announce finding 193 corpses in recent months buried in town of San Fernando in Tamaulipas state, most of them migrants kidnapped off buses and killed by Zetas.

May 25: Twenty-nine people wearing fake military uniforms found heaped across roadway and inside bullet-riddled vehicles after battle between drug gangs in Pacific coast state of Nayarit.

May 14-15: Officials blame Zetas for slaying of 27 workers at cattle ranch in northern Guatemala.

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