The bodies of four women and five men were found hanging off a bridge in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo with an apparent message from a drug gang, an army official said Friday.
The bodies showed signs of beating and torture and "we believe they were members of a criminal gang," the official said, declining to be named.
Photographs showed the bodies strung, with their hands tied, along a wide road bridge in the border city in northeast Mexico, across from Laredo, Texas, in a typical sign of score-settling between drug gangs.
A large banner hung nearby with a message alluding to gang disputes.
There were scenes of panic as road users first saw the bodies, which police reports said had been strung up early Friday.
Nuevo Laredo, the main road trade crossing from Mexico into the United States, is regularly the scene of vicious disputes between the Zetas drug gang -- set up by ex-army officers-turned-hitmen in the 1990s -- and their former employers the Gulf cartel, now believed to be allied to the Sinaloa cartel of billionaire fugitive Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Mexico has seen a rise in violence blamed for more than 50,000 deaths since the start of a nationwide military crackdown on organized crime in December 2006. AFP
Narco Banner Text:
“Pinches golfas, así me los voy a ir acabando a todos los pendejos que mandes a calentar la plaza. Les voy a ir poniendo en su madre, en algo la tienen que cagar, y ahí le vamos a poner en su madre al pinche gringo, ahí está todo puto poniendo carros bomba y el pinche Juanito Carrizales todo puto porque le mate al pinche joto del Tubi que estaba llore y llore como vieja parturienta y el pinche metro 4 ahí andabas pidiéndole chicle al comandante Lazcano cuando te traía a puros vergazos, el R1 en Reynosa puto y ahora ahí andas de pinche mitotero, pero está bueno, ahí está tu pinche gente, los otros se me pelaron, pero ahí me los voy a chingar, al rato caen puto. Ahora ahí nos vemos bola de parapatras puto”
Fucking (Golfas)whores, this is how Im going to finish off every fucker you send to heat up the plaza. You have to fuck up sometime and thats when Im gonna put you in your place. Thats when we are going to fuck up "El Gringo" that keeps setting off car bombs, Juanito Carrizales that keeps crying like a bitch because I killed that fucker "El Tubi", "El Metro 4" who asked Comandante Lazcano for mercy when he was kicking the shit out of him, "El R1" in Reynosa, now youre pitching a fit, thats ok, I left you your guys, the others got away, but Ill get them. Sooner or later. See you around fuckers.