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Mexico police discover 49 mutilated bodies

  • Police in Mexico have discovered 49 mutilated bodies by a roadside in the northern city of Monterrey.

    Officials said the bodies of 43 men and six men were found decapitated with their hands cut off, making it difficult to identify them.

    The killings are the latest in a string of massacres in the region and are suspected to be the result of a conflict between rival gangs. A note was found with the bodies saying they had been killed by the Zetas cartel.

    The Zetas have been fighting the Gulf and Sinaloa cartels over control of smuggling routes into the U.S.

    Nearly 50,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006.