Police in Mexico said the bodies of six men were found hanging on bridges near the Los Cabos tourist resort on the Baja California peninsula on Wednesday.
Local authorities did not say how the men died, but the display is believed to be characteristic of drug gangs in the area who hang their victims to intimidate other gangs, according to a Reuters report.
Two of the bodies were found hanging from a bridge in Las Veredas, near Los Cabos International Airport, and two on a different bridge on the highway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. The other two were found on a third different bridge near the airport, local prosecutors told Reuters.
This year is set to become Mexico’s deadliest year in modern history, largely due to the prominence of Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the subsequent drug gang violence that followed. Just last week, the Los Cabos police chief Juan Manuel Mayorga was shot dead.
Authorities in Chihuahua announced on Tuesday that 12 people were killed as a result of violence between separate gangs.
The governor of the state of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis, addressed the violence near the Los Cabos area in a message on Twitter, translated by Reuters.
“I condemn these acts and any expression of violence. Today more than ever in #BCS we should be united.”
El Grupo de Coordinación Interinstitucional en Seguridad investiga ya los hechos ocurridos en La Paz y Los Cabos. Condeno estos actos y cualquier expresión de violencia. Hoy más que nunca en #BCS debemos estar unidos para superar esta lamentable situación.
— Carlos Mendoza Davis (@cmendozadavis) December 20, 2017
According the Reuters report, homicides in Baja California Sur have doubled since last year. From January to October 2016, 409 people were killed compared to 192 in all of last year.
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