12 Cops Probing 10 Beheadings Killed in Mexico
Police ambushed as they searched for victims' bodies
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2012 1:54 AM CDT
Updated Mar 20, 2012 2:30 AM CDT
Mexican police officers guarding a truck carrying detainees arrested in Guerrero state.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Newser) – A dozen police officers investigating the beheadings of 10 people were killed in an ambush in southern Mexico. Another 11 officers were injured. The officers were traveling in six patrol cars searching for the bodies of seven men and three women whose heads were found dumped outside a slaughterhouse in Guerrero state, AP reports. The killings are believed to be the work of the Knights Templar cartel, which is battling La Familia for control of the state's drug routes. Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Mexico this Friday, and he is expected to comment on the country's drug-related violence.