25 Bodies Found in Two Mexican States
Twenty-five people have been found dead, the apparent victims of at least three massacres in the troubled southwestern Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacan, according to government and media reports Saturday.
Regional officials thus far have given only a few details about the bodies discovered in three locales. The slayings underscore the challenge facing President Enrique Peña Nieto as he tries to restore order in an increasingly lawless region just a few hours’ drive from the Mexican capital.
Both states, with their remote and sometimes rugged terrain, have a long history of banditry and drug cartel influence. But the chaos has mounted in swaths of the countryside in recent months, as peasant self-defense militias have sprung up to fight extortionate drug cartel members. Some have accused the militias themselves of having ties to rival drug gangs.
In some areas, local government officials have fled. In other regions, whole villages have been emptied of people who have moved to what they hope is safer environs.