26 killed in new Mexico violence
Aug 10 2012
Police have found the bodies of 14 men stuffed into a pick-up truck in a northern Mexican city and hours later a shootout between soldiers and gunmen killed three people in the same city, authorities said.
The victims in the vehicle had apparently been shot and evidence suggested the killings were drug-related, said Gabriela Gonzalez, spokeswoman for San Luis Potosi state prosecutor's office.
The bodies were discovered after police received an anonymous tip, she said.
Hours after the discovery in San Luis Potosi city, a clash between soldiers and alleged gunmen left three assailants dead, the army said in a statement. Two more gunmen were detained, it said.
The gunfight forced a university to send an alert to students, close its buildings and cancel evening classes.
Authorities did not say whether the shootout was linked to the discovery of the 14 bodies. San Luis Potosi has been the scene of turf battles between the Zetas gang and allies of the Sinaloa drug cartel.
In a separate act of violence in the north, gunmen hung two men from a bridge in Monterrey and shot them dead while horrified motorists watched, a Nuevo Leon state police official said.
The assailants hung the two men by their hands from a pedestrian bridge and then shot them from the road, the official said.
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