The dismembered bodies of four men were found throughout Juárez on Tuesday in a grotesque display of brutality.
Heads, arms, feet and other severed body parts were scattered at various locations in the city, which has been in the grasp of a deadly drug-cartel war for nearly four years.
The mutilations were an apparent act of emerging rivalries with new drug organizations, according to messages left with the body pieces.
The first body parts — those of two men — were found around 7 a.m. near the intersection of Dorado and Pino Seco streets, in colonia Bosque Bonito.
The victims’ heads were near an ice chest with a message that read “New Juárez cartel, continue recruiting, we will receive you here.”
Other body parts were later found throughout the afternoon at other places, including in front of a day care and a torso dumped outside an elementary school when classes were about to end for the day.
A spokesman with Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said the deaths are under investigation.
The bodies have not been identified.
The gruesome crimes follow the discovery of a man’s severed head late Sunday and his decapitated body found hours later.
In other violence, a Juárez police officer was killed when
his car was peppered with gunfire Tuesday in the north part of the city.
Chihuahua state police said Alvaro Bustillos Nevarez, 27, was shot multiple times at about 8 a.m. while driving a blue Chevrolet Impala on Avenida Rafael Perez Serna.
Investigators counted 94 rounds fired from an AK-47.
State authorities have reported 119 homicides in Juárez so far this month.