Mexico: massacres in Mazatlán, Michoacán

Gunmen stormed into a nightclub Feb. 6 in the Mexican beach resort of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, and opened fire on the crowded dance floor, leaving three dead—two waiters and a patron. They shot down three more at the door as they fled, killing a total of six. (Reuters, Feb. 6) That previous day in Apatzingán, Michoacán, police found the decapitated bodies of six men with their severed heads inside an SUV. (AP, Feb. 5)

Meanwhile, federal authorities have made two arrests in connection with last weekend’s massacre at a house party in Ciudad Juárez that killed 15 mainly young people. Suspect Israel Arzate Melendez reportedly confessed to being a hitman for “La Linea” faction of the Juárez Cartel. He said he acted as a lookout for protection while 14 gunmen entered the party and began shooting. “We were looking for a young guy…who was with the Artist Assassins,” Arzate said, referring to a street gang affiliated with the rival Sinaloa Cartel. “El Rama [the leader of the group] told us to kill everyone, including women.” (CNN, Feb. 7)

See our last post on Mexico’s narco wars.

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