Thursday, June 23, 2011

8 Bodies found in mountains in northern Mexico

The bodies of eight men were found in Moris, a town in the Tarahumara mountains of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, officials said. The victims, who ranged in age from 19 to 30, were attacked last Saturday by at least 10 gunmen, Chihuahua state Attorney General's Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said. Only four of the victims have been identified and investigators have not determined the motive for the killings, Gonzalez said. Nine bullet casings from an assault rifle were found at the crime scene along with an SUV that had several bullet holes in it, the AG's office spokesman said. Chihuahua is Mexico's most violent state and home to Ciudad Juarez, a gritty border metropolis located across the border from El Paso, Texas, where more than 900 people have died in drug-related violence this year. The northern state has accounted for about 30 percent of the more than 40,000 murders committed in Mexico since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderon declared war on Mexico's drug cartels...more

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