In the framework of the war carried out by the Government of Mexico Against the cartels, a truck with 10 bodies of people who were beaten and strangled was abandoned next to the Christmas tree located in front of the Palace of the administration of the condition of Zacatecas.
As reported through social networks by the governor of the region, David Monreal, the vehicle was left “at 5.30 in the morning” on Thursday, “with apparently beaten and injured bodies.” The Ministry of Public Safety and Citizen Protection (SSPC) specified that it was a Mazda CX3 pickup and added: “A man got out of the car and headed towards Las Campanas alley, leaving the unit abandoned, for which support was requested. of the authorities in the place ”.
Monreal assured that on Thursday night, “the capture of the alleged perpetrators linked to the events that occurred in the state capital” was achieved through an operation carried out and were detained by federal agents and state police. However, he affirmed that he cannot “detail the information so as not to affect the process” although he commented that he instructed the competent authorities “so that, in coordination with the State Prosecutor’s Office, they constantly communicate progress to Zacatecan society.”
The attorney general Francisco José Murillo Ruiseco was in charge of announcing that the victims are eight men and two women, between 18 and 45 years old, who were killed by asphyxiation by strangulation. In addition, it indicated that the majority have injuries to the tying of the feet and hands, and that only one of them suffered injuries that could mean an act of torture. Meanwhile, the postmortem interval was between six to eight hours.
Five of the 10 deceased were identified by specialists: a 29-year-old male from the state of Zacatecas with a coincidence of tattoos with an arrest record for drug dealing; a man with a match on the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and last home The Tacoaleche; a woman with identification in AFIS with an arrest record for qualified robbery and address in Zacatecas; a young man identified through AFIS residing in Zacatecas and corroborated with an arrest record for the crime of qualified robbery; and a 20-year-old teenager, originally from Zacatecas, who has already been recognized by her family.
Violence linked to drug trafficking has intensified in recent years in Zacatecas, whose territory is disputed by the Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generación cartels. At the end of 2021, violent events multiplied, including even corpses hanging in public places. As a result, the federal government deployed more than 4,000 military personnel and national guards in the area.
According to preliminary data from the national administration, Mexico closed 2021 with 33,410 intentional homicides, a reduction of 4.1% compared to 34,554 in 2020.
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