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Disturbing video has emerged of cartel members interrogating 20 of their rivals before executing them and abandoning their dismembered bodies in front of a government office.
The mass execution was carried out by Los Tlacos, a Mexican cartel group, who claimed its rival criminal group La Bandera was responsible for the kidnapping of 43 students of Ayotzinapa in 2014.
The seven-minute-long video showed about 20 La Bandera gang members kneeling on the ground in two rows as a hooded man walks in front of them with a gun.
He points the weapon to the head of one man and asks for his name, who his boss is and what they do.
He then moves on and asks the same of the next man.
The Los Tlacos gang said: "People of Iguala, here are all those who extorted and who were killing innocent people and women. The garbage that terrorised this beautiful city.
"We told them and the time came, this square already has an owner."
According to El Pais, the cartel dumped four dismembered bodies in front of the office of Iguala mayor David Gama Pérez hours before the release of the video on Thursday (September 30).
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One body was identified as Luis Ángel, who was being investigated for double murder.
It is unclear if the remains of the other 16 victims have been recovered.
The masked armed member also accused the newly elected mayor of being a close ally of La Bandero kingpin Jesús 'Chucho' Brito.
The Guerrero State Office of the Attorney General responded to the incident in a statement: "The State Attorney General's Office will continue with the corresponding investigations to locate him or those who are likely responsible for this criminal act in the northern region of the entity."
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