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Three mutilated cartel victims wash up on Acapulco beach in haunting scenes

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    Mexican beachgoers were left horrified after the dead bodies of three tortured men washed up on two shores in the same resort over a 24-hour period at the weekend.

    The awful scenes were witnessed in the once-fashionable tourist haunt of Acapulco in the state of Guerrero with authorities responding to a 911 call at around midday on Saturday when two of the bodies were discovered by shocked sunbathers on Condesa Beach.

    A cement anchor was weighing down one of the bodies, whilst the other was found lying face down in the sand.

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    On Sunday morning, a third body then washed ashore around a mile away on Icacos Beach, with Acapulco police officers confirming that the man had been shot before being dumped into the Pacific Ocean.

    Local news outlets, meanwhile, reported that the bodies had been witnessed floating near the shorelines three or four days before they eventually washed up on land, with the police having been unable to find them.

    The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

    Despite the gruesome findings, it remained business as usual, however, with authorities keeping the area open to beachgoers.

    In the 1950s and 1960s, Acapulco was a magnet for the Hollywood elite but cartel violence has made it a much less desirable destination for tourists of all statuses.

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    As of August, of all the cities in the world, Acapulco was second only to the Mexican border city of Tijuana in terms of homicides per 100,000 people.

    Acapulco registered 110.5 with Tijuana recording 138, according to data provided by Statista.

    Government data, meanwhile, showed that 213 murders were reported in Acapulco during the first three months of 2022, compared to the 442 recorded during the whole of last year.

    Nationally, up to the end of September this year, Mexico registered 23,351 homicides after 33,308 were killed in 2021, 34,554 in 2020 and 34,690 murders in 2019.

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