12 Bodies Dumped Near Tijuana School

City's rampant drug war threatens residents
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2008 12:07 PM CDT
A blood stain is seen as local police patrol past the place where 12 people where found dead in Tijuana yesterday.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
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(Newser) – A dozen bodies were found piled up near an elementary school in a working-class Tijuana neighborhood yesterday, signaling a rare instance of the city's rampant drug war spilling over into a residential area. Police found a bag full of severed tongues nearby and a message indicating the violence was between rival cartel groups, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"We're in a war, a constant battle, and today you're seeing the results," says the state's attorney general. Four other bodies were found in a vacant lot yesterday, bringing this year's murder toll to 380 in the Baja California city, and leading local officials to plead for federal assistance in maintaining order.