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3 men decapitated, 2 more slain in Acapulco over New Year's

  • A taxi driver lies dead in his car after being shot shortly before midnight in a busy street in Acapulco early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. At least five people were killed over the New Year's weekend in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, including three men found decapitated in a central neighborhood.(AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

    A taxi driver lies dead in his car after being shot shortly before midnight in a busy street in Acapulco early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. At least five people were killed over the New Year's weekend in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, including three men found decapitated in a central neighborhood.(AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fireworks explode over the Acapulco bay during a New Year's Eve celebration in Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. At least five people were killed over the New Year's weekend in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, including three men found decapitated in a central neighborhood.(AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

    Fireworks explode over the Acapulco bay during a New Year's Eve celebration in Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. At least five people were killed over the New Year's weekend in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, including three men found decapitated in a central neighborhood.(AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)  (The Associated Press)

At least five people were killed over the New Year's weekend in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, including three men found decapitated in a central neighborhood.

The three severed heads were found Saturday on a residential street on the roof of a car, with the bodies inside. The killings were confirmed by a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Elsewhere in the city, a police officer was slain by unknown gunmen while assisting at the scene of a traffic accident near the beach and a taxi driver was gunned down in his cab.

Another police officer was shot dead Sunday in Atoyac de Alvarez, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) from Acapulco.