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Number of bodies in Mexico burial pits rises to 31

November 21, 2013

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of bodies found in 16 clandestine graves in western Mexico has risen to 31, including the body of a woman.

Many of the bodies have been found bound or gagged.

Some showed signs of having been tortured, according to a federal prosecutors official who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the press.

The graves are in La Barca, in a remote area by Lake Chapala, which is popular among tourists and American retirees.

Local police officers who confessed to working with a drug cartel led agents to the mass graves last week near the border between Jalisco and Michoacan states.

The area is the site of a turf war between the Knights Templar and the New Generation cartels.

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