Six more hangings were found in a violent Mexican state

National Guard members are monitoring the crime scene in Zacatecas, Mexico, on November 18, 2021. (Giguel Momoreno / Reuters)

Mexico City — On Tuesday, six bodies were found hanging on bridges and trees in a region of central Mexico devastated by criminal group violence.

Three of the victims were hanged from the overpass and the other three were hanged from trees, according to a statement by the Secretary of Public Security of Zacatecas. Two other bodies were found on the ground of a nearby community property.

The killings were clearly gang-related killings, with nine of them hanging from the bridge after the discovery of 10 bodies in Zacatecas on November 18.

The recent increase in deadly violence is the result of a dispute between two criminal groups fighting over the control of drug trafficking in the region, according to state officials who did not reveal their identities.

According to official data, at least 948 people were killed in Zacatecas violence during the first 10 months of this year. This is about 342 more than in the same period last year.

Lisbeth Diaz