Six bodies have been found hanging from a bridge in a city ravaged by cartel clashes.

The corpses were spotted by passing drivers in Zacatecas, northern Mexico, on Thursday, August 12.

The victims had been stripped half-naked, and the State Attorney General’s Office has since launched an investigation.

Zacatecas, the capital of the state with the same name, has been plagued by intense violence in recent months as the Sinaloa Cartel and its biggest rival, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, battle for control of key trafficking routes.

Some 536 people were killed in the state in the first six months of the year to June, a 57% rise on the same period last year.

In June, the Sinaloa Cartel tortured rival gang members before hanging their mutilated bodies from a bridge, foreign media reports.

The victims were found in the city of Fresnillo, Zacatecas, on June 19.

Their killers had left them half-naked and placed bags over their heads.

Days earlier, Sinaloa Cartel members interrogated three soldiers from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel [CJNG].

It is believed they were tortured and then tied to the bridge, Infobae reported.

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The latest killings reportedly formed part of Sinaloa Cartel’s “Operation MZ”.

It was initially announced last October in the state of Nayarit, with the letters referring to leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.

He has taken charge of the cartel since El Chapo’s extradition and imprisonment in 2019.

In May, cartel thugs left a decapitated head hanging from a bridge in a twisted warning to Mexico’s most powerful gang.

Police officers made the grisly discovery in Tijuana’s Sanchez Taboada neighbourhood around 2am local time on May 22.

The head had been left in a plastic bag tied to a rope with a message from the Arellano-Félix Cartel, according to Zeta Tijuana.

It warned the same would happen to anyone who associated with “filthy people” in the city.

The message was directed to the Tijuana New Generation Cartel [CTNG], Infobae reported.

It has been in an alliance with the CJNG since 2016.

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