24 hours of deadly cartel chaos sees 3 dead and body dumped in bin bag in town

Three people have been killed and a body has been found in a bin bag after drug cartels unleashed 24 hours of horror upon a town.

Escalating violence in the municipality of Celaya, Guanajuato in Mexico over the last few weeks connected with deadly drug cartels culminated in the dramatic scenes on Sunday (7 February), which also saw menacing messages left alongside decapitated bodies.

The clashes come as the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL) try to hold out against the encroachingCártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), who have begun apparent attempts to wipe out their rivals in the area.

Officers responding to a report from a member of the public at a local market in Celeya on 7pm on Sunday evening found a dead naked body inside a large bin bag.

Ten gunshots were then heard in the San Miguel Octopan area an hour later, with one young man found dead and another seriously injured in the aftermath.

A dog was also found dead at the scene, and two others were seriously injured.

Bloodshed continued into Monday, with a female police officer then wounded in Tenería del Santuario.

She had been travelling to work around 6:30am when a grey open-air utility vehicle carrying armed men blocked her as she entered a highway and began firing at her, injuring her with at least one gunshot and causing her to crash into a cemetery.

The final act of violence then came at the Magnolias shopping plaza, when two men stormed into Fitness Mega Gym and started shooting, killing one instructor.

A warning message was left by the attackers before they fled the scene, which read: "This happened to me because I extorted and sold blue meth. Let it be clear that the only business that commands in Celaya and all Guanajuato is the CJNG and of Mr. Mencho."

In January, the CJNG in Uruapan, Mexico snatched payments collected by rival United Cartels and told businesses whose money it was to 'safely come and take it back'.

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