The bodies of three people were found in a highland area of the northwestern Mexican municipality of San Ignacio, bringing to 18 the number of murder victims discovered this week in Sinaloa state, officials said.
The three bodies were found Tuesday in the community of El Guayabo, sources in the Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office told Efe.
The discovery brings to 15 the number of murder victims in recent days in San Ignacio, where authorities on Monday located 12 bodies inside an abandoned pick-up truck.
Also Monday, the state AG’s office confirmed the discovery of three other bodies in the municipality of Concordia.
In a separate incident, state police came under fire Tuesday afternoon from gunmen riding in two vehicles on a road linking the cities of Los Mochis and El Fuerte.
The officers repelled the aggression but there have no reports of dead or wounded in the minutes-long shootout.
Sinaloa has experienced a flare-up of violence as crime gangs battle each other in the aftermath of the Feb. 22 capture of Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.
Since the 1970s, Sinaloa has been the birthplace of several notorious drug lords, including Guzman, and the bastion of the powerful cartel that bears the state’s name.