Monday 20 November 2017

Mexican police probe gang link to murder of six women

Rachael Alexander in Mexico City

THE dismembered body of a woman has been found scattered in a leafy, upmarket Mexico City district.

The discovery came as police are investigating drug gang links to the deaths of five women whose throats were cut in Acapulco.

The mass killings of women is unusual in Mexico's drug war, and there was no indication that the cases in the two cities were related.

Residents of the capital's tree-lined San Miguel Chapultepec neighbourhood discovered the woman's upper body on one block and her left leg and right leg on two other blocks, the city prosecutor's office said.

The fingers of her left hand had been cut off.

The prosecutors' office provided no details on the woman's identity or a possible motive.

Mexico City has been somewhat of an oasis from the cartel violence engulfing border states, but a spate of recent killings and decapitations has residents fearing the drug war is encroaching.

Parlour

In Acapulco, police said they were not ruling out drug or organised crime links possibly related to prostitution in the killings of four women and a 14-year-old girl whose bodies were found on Saturday.

All five worked at a beauty parlour in a neighbourhood known for prostitution and drug dealing, the chief of detectives for the Guerrero state police said.

"It's an area with many social problems," Fernando Monreal Leyva said.

"On the second floor where the events occurred -- in this case, the beauty parlour -- a massage parlour was found where sexual acts may have been performed, although this is still under investigation," Mr Monreal Leyva said.

The teenage girl had begun working at the salon five days prior to her death, he added. Three bodies were found at the salon, located outside the tourist district.

They had been stripped of their clothes and their hands and feet were tied, police said.

The other two victims were found separately in other parts of Acapulco.

All of the women were 30 years old or younger.

Police had no suspects or motives and were trying to determine whether all of the women were killed at the same spot, Mr Monreal Leyva said.

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