Two policemen believed to have been kidnapped by one of the Mexican drug cartels were killed and their bodies were found hanging from an overpass in Mexico.
Officials in northern Mexico said seven other people were gunned down and their bodies were also found in Zacatecas.
According to Associated press, the Zacatecas state public security department said the bodies of the police were found in the state capital on Wednesday morning.
The bodies have been identified as police from the neighboring state of San Luis Potosi. They had been reported missing a few hours earlier.
Mexican drug cartels have reportedly already hung the bodies of the victims from overpasses as a message to rivals or authorities. However, drug cartels rarely interact with law enforcement officials.
Police then found the bullet-riddled bodies of four women and three men in the nearby town of Fresnillo. A man and a woman were found injured at the scene of the attack. They were with five children who had not been injured.
The murder reported in Zacatecas came after prosecutors in Mexico’s most violent state, Guanajuato, reported that seven men were shot dead in a machine shop.
Guanajuato has been the scene of turf battles between Mexican drug cartels, particularly the Jalisco Cartel, and local gangs backed by the Sinaloa Cartel.
San Luis PotosÃ Interior Minister Jorge Daniel HernÃ¡ndez Delgadillo noted that Fresnillo, especially near the border with Zacatecas, had experienced a struggle for control of the drug trade, Mexican News Daily reported.
Senator Ricardo Monreal urged Security Minister Rosa Icelanda Rodriguez to strengthen law enforcement. Monreal said that for years insecurity was experienced in Zacatecas, citing recent events as evidence of this feeling.
Senator de Fresnillo added that he would discuss the issue with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Zacatecas Governor Alejandro Tello sought federal government support in February, saying Mexican drug cartels had subdued the security forces in numbers and weapons.
Statistics agency Inegi noted that 95 percent of Fresnillo residents consider the municipality to be dangerous, marking the highest part of the country. The agency released the investigation last April.
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Mexican drug cartels
Zacatecas has been the scene of fights between several Mexican drug cartels. It was once dominated by the old Zetas cartel.
Meanwhile, Guanajuato has the highest number of homicides in Mexico being the area of ââturf battles between the Jalisco Cartel and Sinaloa Cartel-backed gangs.
The struggle for control of Guanajuato had persisted despite increased efforts by the police and the National Guard to contain the fighting.
The Jalisco Cartel
The Jalisco cartel has reacted to Mexico’s anti-drug policy. The cartel had kidnapped several members of an elite state police force.
Jalisco cartel members tortured members to obtain names and addresses of fellow officers, another says AP News Report.
They are now hunting down and killing the police in their homes on their days off and killing them in front of their families.
The Jalisco cartel had declared war on the government, with the aim of eliminating an elite state force known as the Tactical Group. They said the elite force treated its members unfairly.
The Jalisco Cartel had hung a banner saying that they were going to kill two members of Tacticals for every member of their cartel they would arrest.
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