49 Headless Bodies Found On Mexican Highway
Residents living near Monterrey in Mexico awoke to a grisly sight this morning. Forty-nine headless, handless and feetless bodies were stacked up near a busy highway, the latest victims in Mexicoís drug war. Authorities are hoping tattoos will help them indentify at least some of the deceased, but without dental records or fingerprints, itíll be an uphill battle.
According to Reuters, police arenít sure whether the victims are migrant workers or members of a rival drug cartel, but they have stressed the fact that theyíre not just random citizens being attacked. Itís suspected more than fifty thousand people have lost their lives in the last six years since President Calderon decided to tackle drug smuggling head-on, and weeks away from his reelection bid, thereís little tangible progress than can be pointed to.
The forty-nine victims found near Monterrey are just the latest in a string of recent mass homicides involving bodies dumped near highways. 18 were recently discovered in Gudalajara and twenty-three were found hanging off bridges in Nuevo Laredo. Itís unclear whether this new wave of attacks will prompt a change in policy from the Mexican Government, but one would imagine whoever is elected to be Mexicoís next President would speak on the matter almost immediately after taking office.
Officials say the drug cartel Zetas has claimed responsibility for the forty-nine victims discovered this morning. Theyíre currently involved in several territory battles; so, itís more than likely this attack was to serve as a message for others involved in the narcotics trade.