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Body count mounts as Mexican drug wars rage

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Body count mounts as Mexican drug wars rage

Body count mounts as Mexican drug wars rage
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Six decapitated bodies have been found dumped by the side of a road in a town in western Mexico.

Police believe the victims belong to a gang known as the Zetas, former anti-drug cartel commandos who deserted and formed a cartel of their own.

Their bodies were found in a street in Apatzingan, a stronghold of the notorious La Familia drug gang.

Earlier three people died in shootouts between Mexican soldiers and suspected drug traffickers in the port city of Tampico. Two passers-by were killed when fleeing gunmen lobbed grenades from a car as police gave chase. A suspect also died.

More than 15,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico over the last three years.

The government has mobilised 50,000 troops to combat drug cartels engaged in turf wars over drug-running routes.