Baby Shot Dead, Man and Boy Beheaded in Mexican Border City

Baby Shot Dead, Man and Boy Beheaded in Mexican Border City

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010, 1:28 PM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010, 1:28 PM MDT

(AFP) - A six-month-old baby died after being shot in the head by hitmen in northern Mexico, where officials Tuesday also reported the discovery of two headless males, including a teenage boy.

The northern state of Chihuahua, home to Mexico's most violent city of Ciudad Juarez, is at the epicenter of a wave of drug-related attacks which have left more than 28,000 dead since 2006.

Hitmen chased a man into a house in Ciudad Juarez and killed him in the bathroom on Saturday before shooting the baby in another room, Chihuahua state justice officials said. The baby died two days later.

A total of 19 children aged under 10 have been killed as a result of violent attacks this year in Ciudad Juarez, according to a press tally.

Meanwhile the heads of a 15-year-old and his uncle were found in the center of the town of Casas Grandes, in the north of the same state, officials said Tuesday. Their bodies were found on a road nearby.

Drug violence has spiked across Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown on organized crime, involving more than 50,000 troops, three and a half years ago.

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