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Teen Survives Being Shot, Dangled From Bridge

Latest victims of possible drug cartel violence may have been informants
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2011 9:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – A kicking, screaming teenager with a gunshot wound was found dangling from a rope over a busy highway yesterday in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey. Another man alongside him was dead by the time rescuers arrived and a third was found dead below, police say. Witnesses saw a group of gunmen descend from a vehicle and hang the men off a bridge around 10am, stopping traffic along one of the busiest routes in Mexico's third-largest city, which has been plagued by drug-gang violence. All three of the men had been shot and tortured, and their hands were bound with duct tape, said an unnamed police investigator.

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The dead man, estimated to be in his early 20s, dangled lifelessly in a blue shirt and plaid shorts. Bound in his hands was a cell phone, a possible sign that he was considered an informant. Two other men, one with a foot cut off, were hanged by their necks from a pedestrian bridge Sunday in Monterrey; both died. More than 35,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence across Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels when he took office in December 2006. (Read more drug cartel stories.)

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