A gruesome photo out of Mexico appears to show the bodies of seven men, propped up in plastic chairs on a busy traffic circle. All appear to have been executed.
According to Reuters, the corpses were discovered near a Pepsi bottling plant at a traffic circle in the Mexican city of Uruapan, in Michoacan state. Some of the corpses had their hands and feet bound.
Written messages were attached to two of the bodies, warning that would-be criminals would face more violence, but they did not identify those responsible for the killings.
SkyNews reported that the messages were nailed to the men's chests with ice picks. One of the threatening notes reportedly read: "Warning: This is going to happen to all muggers, pickpockets, kidnappers, rapists and extortionists."
Also this week, another seven people were found killed, this time in the neighboring state of Guerrero. The Associated Press reported that four civilians and three federal agents were shot dead when gunmen opened fire in a bar in Ciudad Altamirano on Friday.
More than 60,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives since the start of Mexico's war on drugs under former president Felipe Calderon. An official report released in February 2013 showed that more than 26,000 people were reported missing in those six years.