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Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:49AM
Security forces place a body into a bag at a crime scene where five people were killed in Mexico’s northern city of Ciudad Juarez. (File photo)

Security forces place a body into a bag at a crime scene where five people were killed in Mexico’s northern city of Ciudad Juarez. (File photo)

The bodies of six men have been found hanged in southwestern Mexico, in the latest incident of drug-related violence to hit the Latin American country. Deputy prosecutor for Guerrero state Fernando Monreal Leyva said three of the men were found hanged from a highway bridge in Tecpan de Galeana, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of the Pacific resort town of Acapulco, on Tuesday. Leyva also stated that a day earlier, another three bodies were found hanged in the nearby town of Rodesia “with their hands tied and signs of torture.” Hanging victims from highway bridges has been a scary method of murder used by Mexico’s feuding drug cartels in recent months. More than 50,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence across Mexico since 2006, when the military was ordered to take the lead in a crackdown against the country’s powerful drug cartels. On August 20, soldiers patrolling on a rural road in the neighboring state of Michoacan discovered a mass grave containing the remains of six to nine people. Michoacan is home to the La Familia and Knights Templar drug cartels. KA/HSN/HJL