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Mexican authorities discover 15 bodies in back of pick-up truck in western state of Michoacan

March 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Mexican authorities discover 15 bodies in back of pick-up truck in western state of Michoacan

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Mexican authorities have discovered the bodies of 15 men in the back of a pickup truck found abandoned on a roadside in the western state of Michoacan.

State prosecutor said the bullet-riddled bodies of the 15 men were discovered in the rural town of Aquila on Friday.

Law enforcement officials said one of the victims were identified as a local member of the Knights Templar cartel, who has been responsible for drug trafficking, extortion, kidnappings, and executions in the region.

According to Proceso, a message discovered on the side of the blood-soaked beige pick-up truck suggested the men were murdered “because they were kidnappers.”

The township is located in a region of Michoacan, which has been at the center of a local uprising by armed vigilante groups against the Knights Templar cartel that first arose in 2013.

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