Drug cartel hitmen leave twisted messages for families of dismembered victims

The dismembered remains of at least five people have been found in the Guanajuato region of Mexico.

Alongside several bags containing the body parts were two notes from one of Mexico’s fearsome drugs cartels addressed to the families of the victims.

According to the documents, the five were kidnapped on New Year’s Eve. The bodies were found by members of the public shortly before 7am on January 2.

The Mexican National Guard, responding to the emergency call, found several bags with the grisly remains of at least five victims.

Mexico is in the grip of a brute drug war, with the Viagra and the Jalisco New Generation cartels struggling for supremacy.

Jalisco’s leader, Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, wants to expand the group’s territory and recapture his hometown, Chila in Michoacán province.

Security analyst Alejandro Hope told The Guardian that the Mexican government’s strategy is to build some sort of non-aggression pact” between the gangs.

“There is something like an increasingly explicit attempt to administer the conflict,” he said.

“They [soldiers] are not there to disarm the two sides, but rather to prevent the conflict from spreading. The problem is that we don’t know where the army draws the line, what they are willing to accept.”

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has ordered his forces to avoid conflict with the drugs gangs in a policy described as “hugs, not bullets”.

The Rev Gilberto Vergara, a local priest in the mountain township of Aguililla, where a force of 200 government troops has been held captive by locals for months, says the army is just sitting back and watching while the country is torn apart.

“The most shameful thing is the absence of the government, which has become simply a spectator in a war that has left so many dead, so much destruction,” he said.

“[The army] just stands there watching, and …when it can’t do anything else or when one side appears to be winning, it will act,” he added. “But that is not the rule of law.”

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