August 22, 2014
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Investigators have dug up 18 bodies in western Mexico after questioning nearly two dozen police officers who confessed to working with a drug cartel and led agents to a series of mass graves.
A federal prosecutor's official says some of the bodies were gagged and showed signs of torture. They were buried in eight graves in La Barca, a town near a lake popular with tourists.
Neither the identities of the victims nor the motive for the killings have been released, but the area near the border between Jalisco and Michoacan states is the site of a turf war between the Knights Templar and the New Generation cartels.
The grisly discovery comes as the government struggles to curb violence in Michoacan, where locals have formed self-defense groups to fight the pseudo-religious Knights Templar.
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