Ioan GrilloJuly 18, 2009 09:59Updated May 30, 2010 12:01
MEXICO CITY — The corpses of the 12 police officers were laid out along the mountain highway in a neat line, the cuts and burns of torture scarring their torsos and bullets embedded in their brains.
Surrounding the carnage were three notes bearing the same message in scrawled handwriting: “Try and arrest another one of us. We are waiting for you here.”
The mass killing of the federal agents, who had been abducted while off duty, happened at the peak of a rampant offensive by a Western Mexico drug cartel against government forces over the last week.