MEXICO CITY – The bullet-riddled bodies of eight people were found inside an abandoned vehicle parked near the state police headquarters in Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, state Attorney General’s Office spokesmen told EFE on Monday.
The bodies were discovered inside an SUV left on the side of the Highway of the Sun near the state police facility.
Army troops, Federal Police officers, state police and AG’s office investigators responded to the grisly discovery, spending about three hours gathering evidence and removing the bodies from the vehicle.
The victims, who had been gagged, bound, tortured and shot, have not been identified, the AG’s office said.
Chilpancingo, located in central Guerrero, has been the scene in recent months of a turf war involving the Los Jefes criminal organization, previously known as the Los Rojos gang, and the La Sierra drug cartel.
The gangs have been fighting for control of smuggling routes in Guerrero, which produces opium poppies used to make heroin.
Guerrero, one of the poorest and most violent states in Mexico, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.
The most notorious case in the state was the Sept. 26, 2014, disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School students in the city of Iguala.
The students, according to officials, were detained by police and then handed over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.
The official version of events is that the Guerreros Unidos cartel murdered the students and cremated the remains at the dump in Cocula in an enormous fire that burned for hours.