27 People Dead, 14 Beheaded From Drug Wars in Acapulco
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27 People Dead, 14 Beheaded From Drug Wars in Acapulco

Acapulco : Mexico | Jan 09, 2011 at 1:31 PM PST
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Mass grave found near Mexico resort town

Acapulco is a beach haven for most tourist. But it has become a place of terror, all because of the ongoing drug wars.

Police found 27 dead bodies, 14 of which were headless, outside a shopping center, with a written warning signed by "El Chapo's People." This sign referred to the Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The message indicated that the cartel killed the men for "trying to intrude on the gang's turf and extort the residents."

The bloodshed is now scaring vacationers away, though the slayings happens in a non-tourism areas. The decapitation, which just occurred in a stretch of only a few hours from Friday night to Saturday, is the largest single group of killings in recent years.

Also killed last Saturday were two police officers, six people who were shot dead and stuffed inside a taxicab, and four other people in the city.

The federal government condemned the violence that happened in one of Mexico's best tourist destinations. A statement released from the Interior Ministry said, "Reprehensible acts of violence such as these underscore the need to fight with determination against organized crime."

There had been a total of 30,196 deaths due to drug-related violence ever since Mexican President Felipe Calderon initiated an offensive against cartels way back in late 2006.

A small-town mayor of the municipality of Zaragoza was also found dead. Mayor Saul Vara Rivera was missing since Wednesday, but it was on Friday that his bullet-peppered body was discovered in the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon.

Last year, at least a dozen mayors were killed due to acts of intimidation to drug groups.

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More thn 30,000 people have been killed in a wave of drug violence across Mexico since 2006
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