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Bags of charred human remains found in northern Mexico

Last Updated: Monday, May 2, 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 2, 2011 - 10:55

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