Bridges near a popular Mexican tourist resort became the location of a gruesome discovery.
The bodies of six men were found Wednesday suspended from bridges in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, according to CNN.
Four of the bodies were found hanging above highways in the municipality of Los Cabos, and the other two near the state capital of La Paz, the state’s attorney general’s office said. The bodies were suspended from three different bridges located near two main international airports and the popular Cabo San Lucas resort.
The identities of the deceased and the reason for their deaths have not been released by authorities, CNN reported. The attorney general’s office is investigating the six deaths as homicides.
Baja California Sur Gov. Carlos Mendoza Davis tweeted that he “condemns the acts and any expression of violence.”
El Grupo de Coordinación Interinstitucional en Seguridad investiga ya los hechos ocurridos en La Paz y Los Cabos. Condeno estos actos y cualquier expresión de violencia. Hoy más que nunca en #BCS debemos estar unidos para superar esta lamentable situación.
— Carlos Mendoza Davis (@cmendozadavis) December 20, 2017
“Homicides have more than doubled in Baja California Sur this year, with 409 people killed through October, from 192 in all of 2016. In June authorities said they had found a mass grave with the bodies of 11 men and three women near Los Cabos,” Reuters reported.
According to CNN:
Violence in the Baja California Sur region has increased in the past three years, due to an ongoing territorial dispute between the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation drug cartels.
Mexico’s notoriously ruthless drug gangs have regularly hanged victims from bridges and highway overpasses in places like Mexico City, but it is unusual for bodies to be seen near tourist areas.
In August, the US State Department issued an updated travel warning, cautioning tourists that the state experienced an “increase in homicide rates” compared to the same period in 2016.
“While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by US citizens,” the State Department said in a Mexico travel warning.
Yet the managing director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board has a different view.
The region is a “safe and secure destination, as it always has been,” Rodrigo Esponda told CNN. He also indicated that Los Cabos is expanding its surveillance system as well as building a military base.
The popular tourist destination sees 2 million international visitors per year, according to CNN.
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