Nine bodies found along riverbank in Mexico

Monterrey (Mexico), April 18 (IANS/EFE) Nine bullet-riddled bodies were found on the banks of the La Silla river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, prosecutors said.

The bodies were discovered Monday afternoon in the Reforma district of the city of Juarez, Nuevo Leon Attorney General’s Office spokesmen said.

The bodies were taken to the coroner’s officer, where specialists will try to identify the victims, the AG’s office said.

Nuevo Leon, one of Mexico’s most violent states, is the scene of a turf war between the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own and now control several lucrative territories.

The criminal organizations have been fighting for control of smuggling routes into the US since 2010.

–IANS/EFE

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