Relatives say 42 men intentionally killed on Mexico ranch

Accounts of family members of people killed on Mexico ranch raise questions about authenticity of official version of events

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Relatives of some of the people killed in a clash between security forces and armed civilians in Western Mexico on Friday said they have doubts about the official version of the events after seeing the dead bodies of their loved ones.

Mexican officials said at least 44 people including gang members and two police officers were killed in a three-hour clash on a ranch in state of Michoacan, known as drug-plagued state.

However, the accounts of family members who arrived at the morgue in the state capital, Morelia, raised questions about the official version of the story.

Speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, families said one body was missing an eye and had bruises, another had its teeth pushed inwards and a gunshot in the head.

Some family members said they believe what happened on the ranch was not a clash with criminal gunmen but massacre.

On the day of incident, officials gave no further information about the identity of the gunmen involved in the clash.

Gang related violence case is a serious issue for Mexico since the gang groups have high number of members and gun power, claiming many lives in the clashes against the government forces.

In the last eight years, gang related violence caused more than 100,000 deaths despite a slowdown in recent years since the President Nieto took office at the end of 2012.

The Jalisco New Generation cartel, which is based in Jalisco region, has been becoming a major trouble for Nieto this year. According to the government, the cartel killed around 25 police officers and soldiers since March.


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