September 16, 2011
A couple have been found hanging from a bridge in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo after being disembowelled and mutilated by attackers.
The motive for the gruesome attack was to warn social media users not to criticise Mexican drug cartels on the internet.
Next to the battered bodies was a sign reading: “This is going to happen to all those posting funny things on the internet, You better (expletive) pay attention. I’m about to get you.”
The woman, thought to be in her 20s, was tied to the bridge from her feet and hands as her body dangled topless with her innards protruding.
The man’s body, also believed to be in his early 20s, was hanging from just his hands.
Online blogging about violence in Mexico is currently one of the loudest ways it is reported, after some traditional media outlets have been silenced by cartel threats.
Bloggers who release information about trafficking have faced threats in the past, but this might be the first warning to social network users, CNN reported.