Eight headless bodies turn up in Mexico amid violent cartel bloodshed

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Eight headless bodies have been discovered in Mexico amid a bloody cartel war.

The decapitated corpses turned up in the Michoacán municipality of Aguililla on the western coast, the state attorney general's office has announced.

Authorities believe the brutal killings are the result of confrontations between rival gangs Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Cárteles Unidos, who are locked in a territorial dispute in the area.

The bodies were found after authorities received a report of possible crimes in the town of La Enramada, Mexico News Daily reports.

After investigating forensic workers found the mutilated bodies, with the victims also riddled with gunshot wounds.

The state attorney general said: "The bodies were taken by medical forensic services for legal autopsy and continued investigation."

The latest bloodshed comes two weeks after 13 state police officers were killed in an attack on a convoy. They were slaughtered in an ambushed as they travelled through a rural region.

It marked the latest attack on the law by brazen criminal groups.

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They died in the municipality of Coatepec Harinas, 125km south-west of Mexico City.

"This is an affront to the Mexican state and we will respond with total force and with the backing of the law," the security secretary of Mexico state, Rodrigo Martínez-Celis said at the time.

Mexico state, which surrounds the national capital on three sides and is home to more than 15 million residents, is rife with drug cartels and organised crime.

At least 524 Mexican police officers were killed in 2020.

The CJNG is considered Mexico's biggest and most deadly cartel and it is now thought it holds a staggering $50 billion (£35 billion) in assets.

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