Three DECAPITATED gangsters' heads left on car bonnet as El Chapo’s cartel wages bloody war

THREE severed heads were displayed on a car bonnet after a bloody shootout between rival gangs in Mexico.

At least five people were reportedly killed when thugs from El Chapo's cartel were ambushed by another mob.

Police found five bodies among several bullet-riddled vehicles on a rural road near Coronado, in southern Chihuahua state.

Members of the criminal group Gente Nueva were "surprised by a large contingent of armed men", reports El Financerio.

After a shootout on Saturday, the killers decapitated three victims and left their heads on the bonnet of a pickup truck.

They also displayed some of the victims' limbs further down the road as a grisly warning, reports say.

Gente Nueva – described as the armed wing of El Chapo's Sinaloa cartel – is under the command of gangster Antonino Leon, known as El 300.

According to the State Prosecutor's Office, the group has control of the harvest and trafficking of drugs in the region, which for several years has been disputed by the Juárez Cartel.

The latest bloodshed comes after almost 250 people were slaughtered in a month of warfare between El Chapo's sons and the Jalisco New Generation.

Mexican newspaper Zeta Tijuana reports 246 homicides were recorded in the Baja California region in the first 28 days of January. 

Eight in ten of the 2,938 murders committed in Baja California last year are related to drug feuds, according to authorities.

Many of these are believed to involve "Los Chapitos" – the sons of drug lord "El Chapo" Guzman, who is currently imprisoned in the US.

Infobae reports Jesus Alfredo, Ivan Archivaldo and Ovidio Guzman are waging a brutal campaign to establish control over the region once ruled by their father.

Rivals the Jalisco New Generation, ruled by Nemesio "El Mencho" Oseguera Cervantes, have now consolidated power in at least 35 states across Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The cartel are renowned for their brutality – ripping out victims' hearts, dissolving their bodies in barrels of acid, and even targeting pregnant women.

Cartel violence has plagued Mexico since 2006, killing more than 300,000 people since.

Last month, 19 bullet-riddled and charred corpses were found close to the US-Mexico border in an area notorious for smuggler gang wars.

And weeks earlier, gunmen slaughtered at least nine people at a wake in for a man who was murdered the day before.

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