Nine bodies were found hanging from a bridge in a northern Mexico border city on Friday morning, officials said, in what appears to be the latest violence as a result of the country's deadly drug war.
At around 1 a.m. local time on Friday, the bodies were found hanging from a bridge in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, which is located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas and lies directly across the U.S. city of Laredo in Texas.
The bodies, which were identified as five men and four women, were blindfolded and showed signs of torture, according to local authorities. They were hanged from the Colosio bridge which is located at the Colosio Boulevard and National Highway intersection in Nuevo Laredo.
A large sign was also found along with the bodies in which alleged criminal members of 'Los Zetas' drug cartel claimed responsibility for the murders, saying the victims were members of the Gulf Cartel. The sign said the killings were carried out because the victims 'heated up the place' and brought the attention of security forces with their attacks.
As the Mexican drug war continues, the country's Attorney General office (PGR) has said at least 12,903 drug-related killings were reported between January and September 2011, although figures for the entire year are not yet available. This will likely bring the total figure for 2011 to more than 17,000, the highest annual number yet.