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UPDATED: 11:00, May 17, 2007
Four kidnapped police found dead in Mexico
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Mexican police on Wednesday found the dead bodies of four colleagues, who reportedly went missing in northern Mexico after falling trap to an anonymous tip-off, officials said.

They were part of a group of police and two civilians kidnapped days ago in Cananea, a town in Sonora state.

Another policeman, a gas-station owner and an unidentified Cananea resident are still missing, the Sonora state police said in a news release.

The kidnappings took place on Monday after an anonymous tip-off warned of armed men on the outskirts of Cananea. The police officers drove to the scene but were detained by criminals.

Press reports say about 1,000 people have died in organized crime-related violence in Mexico so far this year.

Unofficial figures put the number of gang members in Cananea and elsewhere in Sonora at more than 100.

"The situation is under control now that several police forces are in charge of security in Cananea," Sonora Governor Eduardo Bours told local radio, saying he had discussed the issue with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Meanwhile, authorities in the northern state of Coahuila said men disguised as Mexican federal agents had kidnapped the state's chief anti-kidnapping investigator.

Lucio Tello, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office, said Enrique Ruiz Arevalo, director-general for investigations of kidnapping and organized crime for the agency, has been missing since Monday, when he was seized as he ate breakfast in a restaurant.

Source: Xinhua

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