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7 bodies found in Cancun courtyard

15 April 2013, 14:33

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Cancun - Seven bodies were found stacked on top of each other, blindfolded, in a courtyard in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun, a top state police official said on Sunday.

"They were blindfolded with tape tan. The presumed cause of death is suffocation," state judicial police director Arturo Olivares Mendiola told local reporters.

According to the preliminary investigation, the victims had been kidnapped on Saturday night near a park and were murdered in the early hours of Sunday.

The bodies were thrown into the courtyard of a house apparently used to sell drugs and guarded by thugs.

Cancun, the country's most popular tourist destination, has mostly avoided the drug-related violence roiling Mexico since 2006. But last month, seven men, including the head of the taxi union, were killed at a bar in a blue-collar neighbourhood.

More than 70 000 people have been killed in the drug war in the past six years.



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