MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities arrested two suspects after an SUV filled with 10 bodies was parked in a public square lit with Christmas trees and Christmas decorations outside a Mexican governor’s office, officials said Thursday.
David Monreal, governor of the central state of Zacatecas, said in a video filmed in the square that the car contained bodies of people with obvious signs of beating and bruises.
“They have come to park them here in front of the palace,” he said, referring to his offices in a centuries-old building in the state capital’s Plaza de Armas, also known as Zacatecas.
The Zacatecas Public Safety Bureau said in a statement that government officials found the car, a Mazda SUV, after spotting a suspicious vehicle driving in the area. The Federal Security Ministry announced that there were ten bodies inside.
Monreal said security is a major challenge in Zacatecas and that he will reduce violence.
“Little by little we will find our peace again. What we got was a cursed legacy, ”he said.
In a tweet later that day, Monreal said two suspects “linked to the events” had been arrested.
Zacatecas has become one of the most violent regions in the country due to turf fighting between rival gangs. According to official figures, the state registered 1,050 murders in 2021, around 260 more than in 2020.