Mexican prosecutors confirmed Monday that five dismembered bodies were found in bags north of the Pacific resort of Acapulco.
The Guerrero State Attorney’s Office said a multiple homicide investigation has been opened against those responsible for the killings in the town of San Martin el Joffre.
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The prosecution gave no details of the killings, but local media reported that the bodies were hacked and left in plastic bags.
Acapulco has been riven by bloody drug cartel violence for over 15 years.
In another town north of the resort, prosecutors said Monday that two more men were killed. The town of Xaltianguis has been dogged by rival gangs of vigilantes, some of whom are believed to have ties to drug cartels.
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In 2019, a heavily armed vigilante takes over the Xaltianguis by driving out a rival squad, blowing up a car with gas canisters in it, and dismembering the body of one of the two fallen rivals.
The shocking discovery comes amid rising violence in Mexico. Last week, more than 3,500 soldiers were used in an operation to capture Ovidio Guzmán, the son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
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The arrest of the younger Guzmán in the state of Sinaloa led to violent clashes with cartel members in its wake, leaving 10 Mexican soldiers and 19 cartel militants dead, according to the Mexican government.
Greg Norman of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.