12 Mangled Bodies Dumped on Mexican Highway

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2009 7:19 AM CDT
Mexican soldiers patrol the streets of Aguililla, Mexico, in the western state of Michoacan.   (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
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(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.