Body dumped in bin bag among several killed in weekend of drug cartel chaos

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Warring drug cartels have brought another weekend of bloodshed to terrified neighbourhoods as violent attacks and executions continue.

One shocking incident during a terrifying 48 hours in the small state of Colima in western Mexico saw human remains discovered inside a bin bag.

It comes as the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and Los Mezcales group engage in rapidly escalating street battles over control of the drugs trade in the strategically important region.

The disturbing scenes last weekend began with the discovery of the body in the waste disposal bag outside a home in Villa de Álvarez, Colima.

A flashpoint arose hours later in the nearby neighbourhood of Juan José Ríos, where gunmen opened fire out of a car window.

One man was killed by the gunshots, while another was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. These included trauma to his collarbone and right arm, along with shrapnel hits on his chest and abdomen.

The violence was rounded off by a disturbing incident back in Villa de Álvarez, where a man was shot in the head.

Colima is of strategic importance to the clashing CJNG and Los Mezcales cartels as it is commonly used as a drug smuggling route to the United States.

Another 24 hours of similar bloody scenes in Colima came on the evening of Sunday February 13, which saw a Molotov cocktail thrown at a truck – causing the vehicle to explode.

The same night a man was injured by flying shrapnel when armed men on a motorcycle began shooting at him in the Alfredo V Bonfil neighborhood in Villa de Álvarez.

A 'threatening' message was also discovered at the scene after the attack.

The disastrous and bloody scenes on the streets in recent weeks and months have marked a difficult beginning to the premiership of Colima's new Governor Indira Vizcaíno, who became the youngest state president in all of Mexico in November 2021.

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