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21 Bodies Turn Up in Acapulco

Fifteen decapitated bodies were found strewn outside an Acapulco shopping center Sunday and six more bodies were discovered in a taxicab as a bloody turf war rages in the resort city over control of drug shipment routes. –JCL

The Christian Science Monitor:

The beheadings are the latest flare-up in a turf war for drug shipment routes by at least three cartels, La Familia, Los Zetas, and the Sinaloa Cartel.

While it is unknown which gang is responsible for the beheadings, handwritten posters at the crime scene are signed “El Chapo Guzman,” referring to Mexico’s most wanted man and leader of the Sinaloa crime syndicate.

The posters – which reportedly warn rival cartels against extorting “quotas” from local politicians and businesses – are being seen as an attempt to separate the Sinaloa cartel as less predatory than its rivals. The grisly apparent PR effort, however, may only serve to scare away the Mexican tourists who still flock to Acapulco after foreigners have shunned the once-popular tourist destination due to similar attacks.

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