Photo: Three Beheaded in Sinaloa
Mexican authorities found the bodies of three people, all with their throats slashed and bearing signs of torture, on a road near the northwestern town of San Ignacio, officials said.
All of the victims, including a 67-year-old woman, had been strangled and the three bodies had been dumped outside the school administration office for the town, located in Sinaloa state, a municipal police spokesperson said Friday.
Mexican army soldiers and state and municipal police cordoned off the area where the bodies were found to allow forensic experts and detectives to work the scene of the triple homicide.
Officials did not say who may have been behind the killings, but it is common for ruthless drug gangs to brutally murder their victims and dump the bodies in public places.
Mexico had a record 15,273 homicides linked to organized crime last year and three of Mexico’s 32 federal entities - the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas - together accounted for half of those murders.
Sinaloa, the birthplace of the first generation of Mexican drug lords, is the bastion of the cartel led by the fugitive Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whose name appears on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s wealthiest people.
In recent years, however, the Sinaloa cartel has faced challenges even on its home turf.
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