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Twenty seconds of shooting, 432 bullets, five dead policemen.

By Ioan Grillo , telegraph

Ioan Grillo has reported on the Mexican drugs war since it began, as he explains in this adapted extract from his newly published book El Narco: The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels.

Four of the corpses are sprawled over a shiny-new Dodge Ram pick-up truck that has been pierced so many times it resembles a cheese-grater. The bodies are contorted in the unnatural poses of the dead – arms arched over spines, legs spread out sideways.

The fifth man is a moustached 48-year-old lying 10 feet from the pick-up, bathed in his own blood. His eyes are wide open, his right hand stretched upward clasping a 9-mm pistol – a death pose that could have been set up for a Hollywood movie.

It is a balmy evening in Culiacan, Sinaloa, near Mexico‘s Pacific coast. The policemen had stopped at a red light when the gunmen attacked, shooting from the side and back, unleashing bullets in split seconds. A customised Kalashnikov can unload 100 rounds in 10 seconds. This is a lightning war.   read more Here