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Blog del Narco:16 Executed in Guerrero

Blog del Narco:16 Executed in Guerrero

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Sixteen men were found shot to death inside an SUV abandoned on the main street of the southern Mexican town of Coyuca de Catalan, officials said Friday.

Authorities are working to identify the bodies, the assistant state attorney general in Guerrero, Fernando Monreal, told Efe.

The victims were spotted Monday morning by traffic police, a source in the Coyuca de Catalan Public Safety Office said.

The municipality lies in the Tierra Caliente region near Guerrero’s boundaries with the states of Michoacan and Mexico.

Tierra Caliente is one of the most violent areas in Guerrero, a state plagued by well-armed drug cartels engaged in a vicious battle to control smuggling routes and territories.

Besides pursuing their underworld vendettas, gunmen employed by the cartels engage in kidnapping, extortion and robbery.

Around 7,000 army troops, federal, state and local police have been mobilized since last October for Operation Safe Guerrero, an initiative aimed at curbing gangland violence in the Pacific coast state.

Conflict among drug cartels and between criminals and the security forces have claimed some 60,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006, when newly inaugurated President Felipe Calderon militarized the struggle against the drug trade.

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