Two women and three men, all in their early 20s, were killed in a shoot-out in Mexico City. In another incident, five men and four women were blindfolded and strung from Nuevo Laredo bridge, near the Texan border. And in a third, police found the cut-up bodies of 14 people in garbage bags and ice boxes dumped near Nuevo Laredo’s police station. Blood-soaked heads were in some boxes. Bloody ... scene of crime A total of 50,000 have died since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on traffickers in 2006. Clashes have spiralled since special forces sent to quell the carnage formed their own gang, the Zetas. At least one of yesterday’s attacks was carried out by them against the rival Gulf gang. Both are also battling with the Sinaloa cartel — named after a north-west state where violence surged last week. Sinaloa is the home turf of feared drug trafficker Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, Mexico’s most wanted man. FOURTEEN people died in a blaze at a drug rehabilitation centre near Lima, Peru, yesterday after an inmate set fire to a mattress.
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