33 Die in Mexican Drug Gang Battle

    A forensic expert photographs the scene where three dead men were found in Monterrey, Mexico, Wednesday June 15, 2011.  A warning message to a rival drug gang was left painted on the wall. The area in northern Mexico has been a scene of constant killings and reprisals since a rupture between the Gulf and Zeta cartels in late 2009.

    Hans Maximo Musielik / AP Photo

    Mexico’s bloody drug war has claimed 33 more victims in a span of 24 hours, officials say. Rival cartels are battling for control over the state of Nuevo León, which is home to the city of Monterrey, the nation’s industrial center. Although most of the dead have ties to gangs, two were bodyguards for the state’s governor, and a threatening message to him was found with their bodies. Some of the 33 were killed in direct confrontations, but the bodies of many of the others were found scattered around the city. Authorities pledged not to back down.

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