12 Mangled Bodies Dumped on Mexican Highway

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 14, 2009 7:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – The bodies of 11 men and a woman were found by the side of a remote highway in Mexico's Michoacan state yesterday, Reuters reports. The victims had been tortured before being executed, police said. Officials believe the killings are linked to an ongoing feud for control of the state between the Gulf drug cartel and a group of smugglers known as "the Family." Four bodies were found in the same place last week.

Mexican soldiers patrol the streets of Aguililla, Mexico, in the western state of Michoacan.   (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
A Mexican soldier guards a cache of arms seized from the Gulf cartel.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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It seems they were all killed by gunshots. It is a place in the middle of nowhere.
- An official at the Michoacan state prosecutor's office

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