By Chris Covert
A total of 16 unidentified men were found dead inside a truck in Guerrero state Monday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.
A story posted on the Animal Politico new website said that police in Coyuca de Catalan municipality were dispatched to the location based on an anonymous phone tip at around 1000 hrs.
According to a document uploaded by the Guerrero state Procuraduria General de Justicia Estado (PGJE), the victims had been tortured and then shot to death. They were found aboard a Ford F-350 one ton truck.
According to the Animal Politico article, Guerrero governor Angel Aguirre Rivera remarked that the victims were all from neighboring Michoacan state, and the victims were killed as a result of a intergang dispute.
Since last year and the destruction of La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, the vacuum created has allowed three competing criminal gangs, Los Zetas, Jalisco Nueva Generacion and Caballeros Templarios to fight for control of Michoacan state.
The last, the Caballeros Templarios, comprises many former leaders of La Familia Michoacan. One of the leaders, Servando Gomez Martinez AKA La Tuta, recently released a video essentially declaring war on Los Zetas and promising to kills its leader, Miguel Angel Trevino AKA Z40.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com