Mexico: more hideous narco-violence

Police found two severed heads and the bullet-ridden bodies of two women and a disabled man in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Ju├írez Jan. 9. The body of the man, whose legs had earlier been surgically removed, was mutilated and left with a “narco-message.” (AP, Jan. 9) On Jan. 8 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, the body of Hugo Hern├índez, 36, was left on the street in seven pieces with a note addressed to the Ju├írez Cartel reading: “Happy New Year, because this will be your last.” Hernandez’s face was skinned and stitched onto a soccer ball. (AP, Jan. 8) On Jan. 7, a shoot-out at a military check-point in La Piedad, Michoac├ín, left one soldier and three presumed narco-gunmen dead. (Cambio de Michoac├ín, Jan. 7)

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  1. Mexico: 2010 narco-violence already breaks record
    El Universal newspaper reported Jan. 11 that 69 people had died violently in the previous 24-hour period, the biggest daily death toll yet in the struggle for supremacy within Mexican organized crime. The paper said that 283 people had died in 2010 so far, more than double the figure from the same period last year. (The Guardian, Jan. 11)