MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz said Monday that 12 men were killed and their bodies dumped on a roadside in what may have been a dispute between cattle ranchers.
The killings occurred in the rural town of La Choapas, near the border with the neighboring state of Tabasco.
Veracruz Gov. Cuitláhuac Garcia wrote in a statement that “initial investigations suggest a division between ranchers and helpers from La Choapas and Uxpanapa.” He added that “abuses and threats between them led to this unfortunate outcome.”
The region is south of the crime-ridden city of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.
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