Bags of charred human remains found in northern Mexico
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Last Updated: Monday, May 02, 2011, 10:55
Durango: Police found nine plastic bags and a barrel filled with charred human remains in Mexico's northern state of Durango, officials said Sunday about the latest grim find tied to a brutal drug war.

A military patrol on Saturday discovered the human remains, which included some bones, in the town of Santiago Papasquiaro, located in Mexico's so-called "Golden Triangle" of Durango, Sinaloa and Chihuahua states, where drug traffickers grow marijuana and opium poppies.

Gerardo Ortiz of the Durango prosecutor's office said it had not yet been determined how many bodies had been charred.

In the state's capital, also named Durango, a total of 104 bodies buried in mass graves have been found so far since April 11. Most have not yet been identified.

Mexico's government blames a bloody struggle between feuding drug gangs for the deaths of at least 34,600 people since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a nationwide crackdown that has so far failed to stem the tide of violence.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, May 02, 2011, 10:55

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