Authorities found five headless bodies on Saturday in western Mexico, with letters left with the corpses apparently signed by Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, the Agence France-Presse reported.
Three headless corpses were found on a bridge’s traffic circle in Tarimbaro, the capital of Michoacan, said Michoacan chief prosecutor Marco Vinicio Aguilera. The victims’ heads were lying nearby.
“A knife that may have been used to cut the heads was found in the area,” Aguilera told AFP.
Two more bodies were found in a Morelia public square nearly an hour later, he added.
Jalisco New Generation, which operates in the neighboring state of Jalisco, is in a heated turf war with the Knights Templar cartel, which has dominated Michoacan’s drug trade in recent years, AFP reported.