Mexican authorities find 32 more bodies in state bordering U.S.

10:59, April 13, 2011      

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Another 32 bodies were discovered in mass graves in northeastern Mexico, bringing the death toll from a slaughter of bus passengers to 120, state officials said Tuesday.

State authorities said they began investigating the massacre after receiving reports that gunmen were pulling passengers off buses in the violent northeastern state of Tamaulipas in late March.

Judicial officials in the central state of Guanajuato said they had received reports of 57 residents having gone missing after boarding buses bound for Tamaulipas, which borders the United States.

Federal officials have detained 16 suspects so far and blamed the slaying on the Los Zetas cartel, notorious for abductions and operating illegal checkpoints on highways in Tamaulipas, a main battleground between the Zetas cartel and their former employers, the Gulf cartel.

The newly found bodies have been sent to a forensic facility in the border city of Matamoros, where family members of suspected victims have arrived for identification results.

Two victims have been identified, including a Guatemalan, whose death was confirmed Monday by the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry.

A large number of undocumented migrants travel through Mexico to head for the United States, but have been targeted for mass kidnappings by groups such as the Zetas cartel.

Source: Xinhua
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