Another grisly Tijuana harvest: six more bodies found

Other News Materials 3 October 2008 21:47 (UTC +04:00)

Another six people were found dead Friday in the northern Mexican city of Tijuana, bringing the number of dead found in the border city this week to 39, the authorities said.

A spokesman for the Baja California state public prosecutor's office told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that five of the bodies were found together on a street and the sixth was found elsewhere wrapped in a blanket, reported dpa.

The authorities found 16 dead bodies of alleged victims of organized crime in Tijuana Monday, and eight more Tuesday in the same city, where nine more were found dead Thursday - eight of them together, and another at a different site.

The five victims found together Friday - all of them men - had their faces covered with wide grey duct tape, and they appeared to have been strangled.

The sixth body was covered with a blanket and showed signs of mistreatment as well as a shot in the head.

The authorities did not publicly speculate about the motives behind the wave of killings in Tijuana, a city right on the border with the United States that is the stronghold of the drug gang of the Arellano Felix.

Tijuana is a key point of access to the northern country for Mexican migrants, and a city favoured by many US citizens for weekend night-time fun.

Over 3,300 people have been killed so far this year in Mexico in connection with organized crime.