Seven bodies found in abandoned vehicle in Mexico's south

Mexico has suffered a wave of violence linked to drug trafficking that has intensified in recent years


Afp March 05, 2018
File photo shows a spate of drug related violence in Mexico. PHOTO: Reuters/ File

OAXACA: The bodies of seven people were found Sunday in an abandoned truck on a rural road in Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca, local officials said.

Police from the town of Santo Domingo Zanatepec -- some 350 kilometers from the state's capital city Oaxaca -- made the discovery of the as yet unidentified bodies, all of which showed bullet wounds, according to authorities.

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At least 30 people have been killed in the region in recent days, local press reports say, likely because of rivalries between drug trafficking gangs.

Mexico has suffered a wave of violence linked to drug trafficking that has intensified in recent years. Authorities recorded 25,339 murders in 2017, the most violent year since official data-keeping began in 1997.

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Since December 2006 -- when the government launched a controversial military anti-drug operation -- more than 200,000 murders have occurred, although official figures do not track how many cases are linked to organised crime.

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