9 decapitated bodies found in southern Mexico

Authorities found the decapitated bodies of nine men in the southern state of Guerrero in Mexico on Sunday, and some of the victims have been identified as soldiers. State Public Safety Secretary Juan Salinas Altes said the bodies were found on a major boulevard in the state capital, Chilpancingo, just a few hundred meters from where the state governor was scheduled to participate in a traditional religious procession later in the day. The bodies were found spread along the length of the boulevard, and nearby a sign was found that read "for every one of mine that you kill, I will kill 10." Nine heads, some gagged with tape, were found in a bag nearby. Mexico has been hit by a rising wave of drug-fueled violence, and officials estimate that more than 5,300 people have died in organized crime-related slayings so far in 2008.