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Petén, Guatemala

Drug gang massacre: Guatemala declared a state of emergency this week after a Mexican drug gang massacred 27 people, decapitating and dismembering some of them. The victims were day laborers on a dairy ranch. Survivors said there were more than 50 attackers, wearing fatigues and speaking with Mexican accents. The killers, believed to be members of the Zetas drug gang, left messages written in blood on walls and fences around the property saying they were looking for the ranch owner. President Álvaro Colom ordered the military into Petén province, which borders Mexico. “Despite the few resources we have, even with the lack of military personnel, we will still come face to face with organized crime,” he said. The Zetas have moved into Guatemala in recent years as they face pressure in Mexico from government troops and other cartels.

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