Heads Found In Ice Box As Police Battle Drug-Related Violence In State Of Chihuahua
More beheading. More police officers killed. Not a good start to the new year.
Three heads have been found in an ice box in a town in Mexico, near its border with Texas.
Mexican troops are fighting a drugs war
They were found about 30 miles from Ciudad Juarez, in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua, the state that sees most of the country's brutal drug violence.
A headless body was also found dumped in a dirty canal a few miles away and officials said the body might belong to one of six policemen kidnapped over the weekend.
Mexican police and soldiers are battling a wave of drug-related violence across the country, particularly in northern border areas, with more than 5,300 killed last year.
Four of the officers' heads were found earlier.
Hitmen cut off Commander Martin Castro's head and left it in an ice cooler in front of the local police station.
Statement from Mexican officials
On Monday, the head of a police chief was found in another ice cooler.
The police commander was abducted on Saturday, along with five other police officers and a civilian, only five days after starting his job.
"Hitmen cut off commander Martin Castro's head and left it in an ice cooler in front of the local police station," said state justice authorities.
Six bodies in police uniforms bearing signs of torture and gunshot wounds were also found on Monday, officials said.
The federal government two years ago launched a clampdown on drug-related violence, involving the deployment of around 36,000 troops across the country.
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