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Sunday, January 10, 2010

18 Slain Friday in Juárez


El Paso Times

The violence continued Friday in Juárez with at least 18 slayings -- and the brutality continued to be shocking.

One man was cut into pieces, another was decapitated, one was hanged, a man in a wheelchair was shot to death, and three women were killed.

The most frightful case involved a man in his 30s whose body was cut into pieces and found at a street intersection in the Parques Industriales neighborhood. According to Chihuahua police, the man's severed head was wrapped in a black plastic bag. Next to it were his hands, which had been cut off and placed on top of a green sign with an undisclosed message.

The rest of his body was found a few feet away, wrapped in a blue-and-white blanket.

Another brutal case occurred in the Villa Colonial subdivision, where a man was decapitated.

The man was found wrapped in white sheets with his head on his body. One of his eyes was gouged out, police said.

Also Friday night, authorities found two women in their 20s shot to death in the middle of a road in the Arcos neighborhood. About the same time, another woman was killed while driving an older-model vehicle in a street in the Parajes del Sol neighborhood.

Another man was found dead hanging from an exercise machine with his hands tied in his home situated in the Simón Rodríguez neighborhood.

A 16-year-old boy was shot several times in a vehicle in the Héroes de la Revolución neighborhood, and three young men between 15 and 20 years old were killed Friday afternoon in their vehicle at Avenida de las Torres and Yepómera streets.

A man with disabilities was also found shot several times in south Juárez.

According to Chihuahua state police, an average of 10 people are executed every day in Juárez. On Friday, the number of victims almost doubled, making Friday the most violent day since the beginning of the new year.

At least 17 deaths in Mexico's drug war.

Among the death, police found two severed heads and the bullet-ridden bodies of two women and a disabled man.

Police found two severed heads and the bullet-ridden bodies of two women and a disabled man in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Friday, the latest chapter in Mexico's increasingly gory drug war.

They were among at least 17 deaths from drug-related violence in the city in less than 24 hours.

The killing of women or disabled people has been rare in a conflict that has cost more than 15- But drug gangs appear to using such killings -and progressively more gruesome mutilations- to intimidate rivals and the public.

Prosecutors in northern Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located, said the first man's body was found on a street late on Friday with its hands and head cut off.

Between the hands was a message with characteristics similar to those usually left by organised crime gangs.

Another man's body, with its head cut off and eyes gouged out, was found elsewhere.

Mexican news media reported that a handwritten message was found nearby but Mexican police rarely disclose the contents of such notes, which the cartels use to insult and intimidate their rivals.

The two women's bodies were found in a vacant lot in Ciudad Juarez late on Friday.

The body of a man whose legs had been surgically amputated some time ago was also found on Friday on a dirt road on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Also Friday, a man riding a bicycle was shot to death in the city, five people were killed in drive-by shootings and a group of three men were shot to death at a fast-food restaurant near a school.

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