26 killed in Mexico in drug-related crimes

26 killed in Mexico in drug-related crimes
# 06 January 2013 05:01 (UTC +04:00)

Sixteen of the murders were committed in the northern state of Chihuahua, and the 10 others occurred in the western state of Sinaloa from Friday to Saturday.

The bodies of six men were found in a ravine in the town of Balleza in Chihuahua.

The men, three of whom are said to have had ties with the mayor of Balleza, had been tortured before death.

Six people were found dead in two different places in the state of Sinaloa, which is a stronghold for one of Mexico's brutal drug gangs.

At least 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexico’s drug cartels in December 2006.

Current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to reduce the crime rate as he continues the campaign against the drug cartels.

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