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Monday, May 10, 2010 |

8 bodies turn up near Mexican resort.

Acapulco - Three headless bodies showing signs of torture were found just outside Acapulco and the bodies of five other men with multiple gunshot wounds were discovered in a car north of the Pacific resort, police said Saturday.


Police in the southwestern state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located, said the three beheaded men appeared to be in their 20s and 30s, but their identities and a motive had not been determined. They were found on a peninsula a few miles south of Acapulco.

About 50 miles north, near the small town of Tecpan de Galeana, police discovered five bodies in a car left on a dirt road about 100 yards off a main highway.

A police report said all five men had been repeatedly shot. Two bodies were in the front of the vehicle and three in the trunk, the report said.

The U.S. State Department warned this week that parts of Guerrero state could be dangerous for travelers due to drug violence.

At the same time, the travel warning noted that Mexican officials make a concerted effort to protect foreign tourists and that “resort areas ... in Mexico do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major drug trafficking routes.”

Killing and kidnapping at Mexico wedding.

Ciudad Juarez - Gunmen killed one person at a wedding and kidnapped the groom and three others Friday at a Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, church before escaping, officials say.


Chihuahua State Attorney General's Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said "It's unclear if this was gang or drug related."
The shooting victim, described in his 20s, was shot in the back in the church's parking lot while running from the scene, Gonzalez said.

The groom, his brother, uncle and best man were kidnapped.

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