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  • More than 2,000 homicides were reported in Veracruz between December 2016 and December 2017.

    More than 2,000 homicides were reported in Veracruz between December 2016 and December 2017. | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 7 January 2018

Local media also reported that a message from an organized crime group was found among bags discovered with the bodies.

According to local Mexican media reports, several mutilated bodies were found in Veracruz on Saturday.

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Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes confirmed that severed heads belonging to five people were discovered on the hood of a taxi. Meanwhile, black plastic bags containing their torsos were located inside of the vehicle, according to Mexican magazine Proceso.

"We regret with deep sorrow the events that took place in our municipality last night," read a post on the official Twitter account of the town.

Local media also reported that a message from an organized crime group was found among the bags as well as Graffiti on the bonnet of the taxi accompanied by the initials of a drug cartel.

According to the president, the Attorney General's Office is in charge of investigating the crime because "it is a matter of organized crime."

More than 2,000 homicides were reported in Veracruz between December 2016 and December 2017. Murders rose about 35 percent through November last year compared with the same period in 2016.

Statistics released by the Executive Secretariat of Mexico's National Public Security System stated that 70% of homicides in the state were linked to organized crime.

Four of last year's 12 murders involving reporters took place in the state.


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