Zacatecas state police gave no further details, but photos of the dirt road where the bodies were found showed the corpses dumped in a pile, wrapped in blankets and bound with tape.
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The report came as two dozen gunmen ambushed the Mexico City police chief on the capital’s most iconic boulevard, firing on his vehicle with .50-calibre sniper rifles and grenades. The ambush left chief Omar Garcia Harfuch wounded with three bullet impacts and shrapnel. Two members of his security detail were killed, as was a woman who happened to be driving by.
A day earlier in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, state police said they had found the bodies of seven men wearing military-style clothing in a pickup truck in a rural area near the city of Culiacan. In another area nearby, police found nine more bodies, at least one of which had an assault rifle. Two bullet-riddled vehicles were found nearby. There had been a series of shootouts there Wednesday.
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Sinaloa is home the cartel of the same name, and the dead men appeared to have been involved in turf battles between factions of the cartel.
“Clearly there is a fight between organized crime groups in this area,” said state police chief Cristobal Castaneda, noting that in the last month police have seized five belt-fed machine-guns, two .50-calibre sniper rifles and about 35,000 bullets in the area.
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