Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mexican prez orders federal forces to Veracruz

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon is sending troops and federal police to a Gulf coast state where gunmen last week dumped 35 bound, seminude, tortured bodies on a busy avenue in front of horrified motorists.

Federal security spokesman Alejandra Sota says the federal forces will reinforce operational and intelligence work in the state of Veracruz. She doesn't say how many troops and officers are being sent.

Sota says Veracruz's government has asked federal prosecutors to take over the body-dumping investigation.
Authorities have said the victims were linked to the Zetas drug cartel. The killers are believed to be from the New Generation gang, a group that is associated with the Sinaloa cartel.

Sota announced the deployment Wednesday.

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