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Mexican Town Los Ramones' Police Force Quits After HQ Attack

(CBS/AP)
Mexican Town Los Ramones' Police Force Quits After HQ Attack
(CBS/AP)

MEXICO CITY (CBS/AP) The entire police force of Los Ramones, a small town in northern Mexico, has called it quits after several gunmen attacked their headquarters.

The town's mayor, Santos Salinas, told Mexican newspaper Reforma that all 14 members of the Los Ramones police force resigned Tuesday, a day after the shooting.

Los Ramones is in Nuevo Leon, a state torn by fighting between the Gulf and Zetas drug gangs. Police stations in small northeastern Mexican towns are frequently attacked, and several mayors have been assassinated.

Mexico's ill-equipped municipal forces often quit after cartel attacks.

President Felipe Calderon has proposed eliminating Mexico's municipal forces and replacing them with one force per state.

Meanwhile, the bodies of two men, one of them decapitated, were found in a Mexican border city Tuesday, and police suspect they may have been behind the massacre of 14 young people at a birthday party.

The bodies were found inside an SUV in Ciudad Juarez, said prosecutor Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas. One of them had been decapitated, and his head was left in the car. Both bodies had their hands and feet bound and bore signs of torture.

A sign left with the bodies accused them of killing women and children.

Gonzalez said the message raised the possibility that the two men were involved in the attack on the party Friday night.

Gunmen pulled up to two homes next door to each other in a lower-middle-class Ciudad Juarez neighborhood and opened fire on about four dozen partygoers gathered for a 15-year-old boy's birthday party.

The dead were 13 to 32 years old, including six women and girls.

More than 6,500 people have been killed in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, since a turf war erupted two years ago between the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels. It has become the deadliest city in Mexico.