A Canadian man gunned down in one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities appears to be the work of drug cartels, authorities said.
The body of Salid Abdulacis Sabas was found before dawn Monday at an intersection in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state.
He had been hit nine times with .45-calibre bullets, a technician at the medical examiner’s office told the Mexican news agency EFE.
Police said he had Canadian identity papers, but did not reveal his age or hometown. A police photograph shows a body wearing jeans and sneakers partially covered in the middle of a city intersection.
Sinaloa, the birthplace of the first generation of Mexican drug lords, is the home of the cartel led by the fugitive Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, listed by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s wealthiest people.
While police have no motive for the killing, the technician told EFE authorities suspect a connection to the drug war.
In the first seven months of 2011, 61 police in Sinaloa had been shot and killed in the drug wars.
Another 1,000 people were killed in that time in a state where EFE reported violence and death has become worse despite a new governor’s election in January on a law and order promise.