Thursday, August 18, 2011
Suspected traffickers in Mexico killed and mutilated a man, then left his body parts around Acapulco in a macabre taunt to authorities in the resort city that has become plagued by drug violence
Police in the port city received reports of an abandoned human head on a busy street. Officers answering the call also found a human torso stuffed into a bag, the police force said on its website. Later, the deceased's legs and feet were discovered hanging from a downtown bridge, with a message from the perpetrators to authorities. Finally, on another bridge on the road to Mexico City north of Acapulco, police found the victim's hands, bearing a note to state and local governments. Acapulco is one of the tourist destinations most visited by Mexicans, but since 2010 it increasingly has been gripped by violence as warring drug cartels battle for control of criminal activities, mainly trafficking.