The bodies of 11 men and one woman have been found dumped in an empty lot, next to an elementary school in Tijuana city, in the northwest of the country. Most of the victims had been bound and tortured. Some had their tongues cut out and some were only partially clothed, said Prisna Perez, state police spokeswoman in Tijuana. (photo, from bbc.co.uk)
Seven of the victims had their tongues cut out, said Romel Moreno, the state attorney of Baja California, adding that near the bodies, a plastic bag containing five human tongues was also found.
“We’re in a war”, Moreno told a news conference late on Monday. “We’re in a constant battle.”
Mr Moreno also said that at least three of the victims were teenagers. He added that the federal attorney general’s office has taken over the investigation.
Four other bodies were found in another empty lot in Tijuana, minutes after the grisly discovery. Late on Sunday, two other bodies were discovered in a lot next to a factory.
Investigators believe 16 of the victims were killed by warring drug gangs. The other two were victims of street crime, an official said.
Because Mexico’s drug cartels battle for lucrative smuggling routes past the border in order to supply illegal drug users in the United States, Tijuana is among the cities hardest hit by violence.