So, the drug cartels are sending a message to tourists?
A total of 16 bodies is not a happenstance situation. This was intended as much as a message as it may have been drug specific.
Bloodbath as 14 decapitated bodies of young men are found in Acapulco
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 4:20 PM on 8th January 2011
The decapitated bodies of 15 men have been found in the resort of Acapulco in Mexico.
The bodies, which were of young men, were found near a shopping centre near the beach.
They were all aged between 25 and 30 and appear to be the latest victims of drug-related violence.
Police were called to reports of a fire shortly after midnight but found five abandoned cars and the bodies.
The 15 young men had been beheaded in what seemed to be a clear case of gang warfare.
Police in the southern state of Guerrero say handwritten signs were left with the bodies, a common calling card of Mexico’s cartels.
Acapulco has seen bloody turf battles between drug gangs in recent years.
The bodies found today are the largest single group of decapitation victims since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against cartels in late 2006.
In 2008, a group of 12 decapitated bodies were found piled outside the Yucatan state capital of Merida.
The same year, nine decapitated men were found in the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo.
Tens of thousands have died in total in recent years as the drug cartels continue to hold the country in their grip.
President Calderon has poured thousands of troops onto the streets in a military crackdown aimed at ending the scourge.
But his critics argue the move has worsened the problem because it encourages yet more violence.
(CNN) — The headless bodies of 15 people were found dumped near a shopping center in the tourist city of Acapulco, Mexico, the Guerrero State Public Security office said in a statement Saturday.
The victims are all men between the ages of 25 and 30 years old. Police were led to the bodies by a group of burning vehicles, the security office said.
A 16th body was found in a nearby car. The victim was a 30-year-old man who was shot to death, the office said.
The bodies were not found in an area frequented by tourists, said a spokeswoman for the security office.
“It’s a shopping center where locals go regularly, but it’s not that far away from the tourist areas,” she said. “They were found on a popular highway used to get to the tourist area.”
The killings are believed to be drug related, she said.
According to authorities, more than 28,000 people have died in Mexico in drug-related violence since 2006.
Police and military forces have stepped up operations in the region in light of the grisly discoveries.