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8 people found stabbed to death in northern Mexico

July 30, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The bodies of six men and two teenage boys were found stabbed to death in the mountains of northern Mexico, prosecutors in the border state of Chihuahua said Wednesday.

Five of the bodies were found Monday with knife wounds to their throats and chests. The bodies had been dumped into a deep gully in the township of Guadalupe y Calvo, near the border with the state of Sinaloa.

Three more bodies were found Wednesday in the same area with similar knife wounds.

Authorities said the six men and two teenagers had last been seen Sunday and some were members of the same family. Officials denied that any of the eight had been decapitated.

Prosecutors are investigating whether drug gang rivalries were involved in the killings.

“The lines of investigation suggest that these people were killed as part of disputes between organized crime gangs related to the shipment and planting of drugs in this mountainous region,” the prosecutors’ office said in a statement.

The area involved is a hotbed of drug production and trafficking. It is known as the “Golden Triangle” because it is where the borders of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango states meet.

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