MONTERREY, Mexico – The dismembered bodies of four young men were dumped near a high school and five young men were found dead near a middle school in two separate incidents in northern Mexico, officials said Saturday.
The severed body parts of four men were stuffed into black garbage bags and dumped about 200 feet from a school in Sinaloa state, said state prosecutor’s office spokesman Martin Gastelum. The men were ages 20 to 25, he said.
The men had been abducted Tuesday by masked assailants in the city of Navolato, Gastelum said.
The five other bodies were found near a middle school outside the northern industrial city of Monterrey, a Nuevo Leon state prosecution official said. They were in the same age range as the bodies discovered in Sinaloa and they all had been shot in the head, said the official, who agreed to confirm the incident only if he was not quoted by name.
Also Saturday, the Michoacan state prosecutor’s office said seven armed assailants were killed in a shootout with federal police in that western state.
Gunfire persists inside capital
SANAA, Yemen – Government forces clashed Saturday with supporters of Yemen’s most powerful tribe for a second consecutive day in the capital, despite efforts to mediate an end to the fighting.
Heavy gunfire erupted just before sundown in Sanaa’s Hassaba district between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the tribal confederation led by the al-Ahmar clan, witnesses said.
Saleh supporters and fighters loyal to the al-Ahmar clan have been locked in a tense standoff in Sanaa since late May when al-Ahmar’s leader sided with protesters calling for Saleh’s ouster.
The violence Saturday appeared to be a carry-over from brief clashes on Friday, also in the Hassaba neighbor- hood, where the al-Ahmar residential compound lies.