Sixteen bodies found in violence-prone Mexican state | Crime News

Grim incidents multiplied in the north of the state of Zacatecas at the end of last year, with bodies found hanged in public places.

The bodies of 16 people were found in two different towns in the Mexican state of Zacatecas on Saturday amid a turf war between two powerful drug cartels.

Local authorities said 10 of the bodies were discovered in Fresnillo, while the other six were found in General Panfilo Natera, 110 km (70 miles) to the southeast.

State prosecutors said both crime scenes are being processed.

Violence has increased in recent years in Zacatecas, with experts citing a turf battle between the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels for control of lucrative drug trafficking routes to the United States.

Late last year there were a number of grim incidents in the northern state with bodies found hanging in public places. In response, the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent security reinforcements.

On January 6, 10 bodies were found in an SUV in the main square of the city of Zacatecas.

In June, the bullet-riddled bodies of 18 men were found in Valparaiso in Zacatecas state, which authorities say appears to be the result of a shootout between the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels.

At least 948 people were killed by violence in Zacatecas in the first 10 months of 2021, according to official data, 342 more than the same period a year earlier.

Across Mexico, more than 300,000 people have been killed in a wave of bloodshed since the government deployed the military to fight drug cartels in 2006.

For more than 10 years, the United States and Mexico have worked together to combat drug trafficking through a program called the Merida Initiative, Washington providing military firepower, technical support and security training .

In October, neighboring states agreed to review their approach, which Mexican officials have long described as a relic of the past, and to step up efforts to tackle the root causes of crime and tackle arms smuggling. cross-border.

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