14 bodies found in abandoned van in northern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Police found 14 bodies in an abandoned van on Thursday in northern Mexico, officials said, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of grisly killings linked to the country's brutal drug war.
Meanwhile in the restive north-western state of Sinaloa, gunmen opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles on a house party late on Wednesday, killing seven people, police said. The victims were all men aged 46 to 76.
Sinaloa is a stronghold of the cartel of the same name led by powerful drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and one of the states hit hardest by the cartel battles over territory and trade routes to the lucrative United States (US) market.
Ms Gabriela Gonzalez, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said the 14 victims found outside the northern city of San Luis Potosi were likely kidnapped as part of a stand-off between drug traffickers in the state of Coahuila, which borders San Luis Potosi state and the US state of Texas.