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Red Christmas in Mexico with six decapitations, seven other killings

The Michoacan state prosecutor’s office said the six heads were found in Jiquilpan, a municipality near the state of Jalisco in a region that has been a battleground between competing drug gangs in recent years. In a brief statement, it said the six men had not yet been identified and their bodies had not been found.

world Updated: Dec 26, 2016 09:37 IST
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A demonstrator holds a banner with images of her relative and others, who they say went missing or were killed, during a demonstration demanding justice for the victims of violence in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, Mexico on December 10, 2016. A sign reading "Disappeared". (Reuters file photo)

Christmas wasn’t really merry in Western Mexico where plague of violence continued on Sunday with the discovery of six decapitated heads in one state and the slaying of seven people in another.

The Michoacan state prosecutor’s office said the six heads were found in Jiquilpan, a municipality near the state of Jalisco in a region that has been a battleground between competing drug gangs in recent years. In a brief statement, it said the six men had not yet been identified and their bodies had not been found.

Meanwhile state security officials in the neighbouring state of Guerrero said gunmen entered a house and shot to death seven people in the municipality of Atoyac de Alvarez. Five were members of one family and two were a married couple.

A girl lies on a silhouette that represents a victim of violence that was painted by an activist of the organization Nos hacen falta (We are missing them), during a demonstration demanding justice for the victims of violence and drugs, at the Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City in Mexico on December 11, 2016. The names of victims are seen in each silhouette. (Reuters)

State security spokesperson Roberto Alvarez Heredia said in a statement that two of the seven killed were municipal police officers and one a state police officer. The preliminary investigation suggested the gunmen wanted to kill one of the victims in a revenge attack but ended up killing them all.

Guerrero, where Acapulco is located, is one of the states most plagued by drug gang violence.