9 die in Zacatecas and Jalisco subject logo: MEX2013
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By Chris Covert

A total of 9 unidentified individuals have been killed in ongoing drug and gang related violence in Jalisco and Zacatecas states since last Friday, according to Mexican news accounts.

A report which appeared on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily said that three unidentified bodies in an advanced stage of decomposition were found Friday near a mine entrance in Noria de Angeles municipality.

Security forces were dispatched from nearby Fresnillo municipality to aid in the recovery of the bodies. The mine was reportedly near the village of La Tinaja. Noria de Angeles is halfway between Fresnillo and San Luis Potosi cities in the eastern part of Zacatecas state.

The bodies were all male and appeared to have been shot and dumped at the scene.

Meanwhile in Jalisco state six unidentified individuals were killed, including three men found dead in Guadalajara, according to Mexican news accounts.

A news report posted on the website of El Siglo de Durango news daily Friday said that the three victims were found near the intersection of calles Inglaterra and Quetzal in Moderna colony.

The bodies were all male and had been stuffed into black garbage bags. Three victims had been decapitated. The news report said that it is possible more bodies were included in the find.

The report said witnesses watched as armed suspects travelling aboard three vehicles dumped the bags at the scene at around 0000 hrs Friday morning.

At around the same time in southern Guadalajara, police agents found the body of a man inside an abandoned Volkswagen Jetta sedan. The find was made on a road leading to the village of El Verde in El Salto municipality, part of the Guadalajara metropolitan area. The report fails to mention how the victim was killed, only that he was found stuffed in the trunk of the sedan with a plastic bag over his head.

In Zapopan municipality an unidentified 33 year old man was shot to death at a grocery store near the intersection of calles Paseo de los Manzanos and Paseo de las Jacarandas in Praderas de San Antonio colony. According to the report, the victim was separated from a group of friends who were held at gunpoint, then was shot and killed on the spot.

Both .223 caliber and 9mm weapons were used in the shooting.

Lastly, in Zapotlanejo municipality an unidentified man was found shot to death in Los Altos de Jalisco colony near the intersection of calles Abasolo and Independencia.

Jalisco state and its border with Michoacan was the main location in Mexico that the interior ministry said would be reinforced with additional Policia Federal troops in the wake of a large uptick in shootings and gang violence.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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