38 bodies of drug war victims discovered in Mexico


   Mexico City (dpa) – Officials recovered 38 bodies of apparent

victims of drug-cartel wars in northern Mexico and said the toll

would likely increase during the search through the weekend. 

   Police and soldiers used mechanical diggers to unearth the bodies

from six sites near the city of Monterrey, and planned to scour three

other locations, the Nuevo Leon state attorney general said. 

   Alejandro Garza said the remains of 36 men and two women between

20 and 50 years old had been found by Friday night.

   Police had received an anonymous tip that a landfill was being

used as a “narco-tomb” in the municipality of Juarez, east of


   The bodies appeared to have been burnt, and some bore signs of

torture, an aide in Garza’s office said. 

   In June, police found more than 50 bodies in an abandoned mine

near the tourist town of Taxco. 

   Since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006, an

estimated 25,000 deaths have been attributed to organized crime.