Mexican armed forces found six dead bodies, five of them decapitated, in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas, military spokespersons and prosecutors said.
A spokesperson with the 8th Military Zone said the corpses were found Friday on a road in Valle Hermoso by soldiers patrolling that municipality.
Sources with the Tamaulipas state Attorney General’s Office said that five of the bodies, four men and a woman, had been decapitated. Three of the victims had been bound and another found wrapped in a sheet was in an advanced state of decay.
The military spokesperson said this latest grisly find comes on the heels of Thursday’s discovery of six bodies (three men and three women) on a road near Ciudad Victoria, the state capital.
The Gulf cartel was likely behind the murders discovered Friday while its main rival, the Los Zetas mob, is suspected of killing the victims found Thursday, the AG’s office said.
The Zetas, a band of special forces deserters turned outlaws, spent years as the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel before going into business for themselves.
Tamaulipas is one of several Mexican states battered by drug-related violence in recent years.