FOURTEEN dismembered bodies have been found in a truck in the centre of a town in northern Mexico.
The killings appear to be the latest atrocity committed by rival gangs battling over drug-smuggling routes
The bodies of 11 men and three women were discovered in the town of Ciudad Mante.
Tamaulipas state has been one of the bloodiest battlegrounds in Mexico's drug war.
More than 55,000 people have been killed in the conflict since President Felipe Calderon sent in the army to fight drug gangs in December 2006.
The government has blamed the turf wars between the brutal Zetas gang, founded by army deserters, and the Sinaloa cartel of Mexico's most-wanted man, Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman, for an escalation of killings.
Killers dumped 49 decapitated and dismembered bodies on a highway near Monterrey in May. Days before, 18 mutilated bodies were found in Guadalajara.