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Authorities discover 13 bodies in Chalapa Lake, Jalisco in Western Mexico

October 3, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities discover 13 bodies in Chalapa Lake, Jalisco in Western Mexico

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Authorities have increased the total of bodies 13 discovered in or around Lake Chapala in western Mexico to 13.

Eduardo Almaguer, the chief prosecutor for Jalisco state in western Mexico, told the Milenio television channel that the victims were gang members and were from nearby neighborhoods, El Universal reported.

He said they were murdered by their former criminal associates in Michoacan on around September 21st.

The 12 men and one woman found were apparently thrown into a river that empties into the lake. The bodies were located at the opposing end of the lake from the town of Chapala, which is a popular location for tourists.

Additionally, a soldier was killed in a gun battle on Saturday with organized crime groups in the state of Guanajuato, only one day after five soldiers were murdered in an attack in the northern state of Sinaloa.

The Guanajuato state prosecutor’s office said law enforcement officials and soldiers were pursuing a three-vehicle caravan of armed men in the Comonfort, Guanajuato, when the shootout erupted, and the soldiers were shot to death.

Saturday’s events seem to be unrelated to Friday’s attack, which was likely started to free an injured drug suspect being transported in an ambulance guarded by the soldiers.

On Saturday, Defense Secretary General Salvador Cienfuegos used especially harsh words to describe the attackers, who allegedly utilized grenades to ambush the convoy.

“Our soldiers were ambushed by sick, insane criminal beasts,” he said.

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