5 May 2012

23 killed in border city

1:46 pm on 5 May 2012

At least 23 people have been killed in gruesome circumstances in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Nine bodies were found hanging from a bridge or dismembered in ice boxes and garbage bags.

Fourteen other decapitated bodies were later discovered in a vehicle. Police said their heads were found in ice boxes outside the mayor's office.

The BBC reports Nuevo Laredo is the scene of a feud between two of Mexico's biggest drugs gangs.

A message left with the hanged bodies said they were members of the Gulf drugs cartel who had been killed by the Zetas gang.