Bodies Found on Mexico Ranch: 72 Found Dead After Gunfights
72 Bodies Have Been Found on a Ranch in Tamaulipas Mexico
Police are not releasing too much information concerning how the 72 people died, but they were found inside a structure and the Associated Press are quoting a Mexican official who says that the people who died were migrants.
The 72 dead were 58 men and 14 women and officials are calling it the 'largest discovery of bodies in Mexico's 4-year-old war on organized crime.'
It was not until a man came to a nearby Navy checkpoint looking for help to treat his gunshot wound that the Navy went to investigate; they encountered gunfire and one officer was killed along with three of the suspected drug cartel gunmen. This man who was injured blamed a criminal gang for shooting him.
"The navy went to the area where the man came from and encountered gunfights. A naval officer was killed and three of the delinquents were killed," an officer who answered the phone at the navy's communication department told CNN. The officer, who was not authorized to speak on the record, declined to give his name.
Weapons were found at the site including four vehicles disguised to look like the Ministry of National Defense trucks. The bodies were not discovered until after the gunfight was over.
"The federal government strongly condemns the barbaric acts committed by criminal organizations and reaffirms its commitment to the rule of law. The whole society must condemn such acts which illustrate the absolute need to continue fighting crime in the strongest terms by the Mexican state to achieve the peace we demand," the navy statement added.