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Police find 7 bodies in central Mexico

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Mexico City, May 6 (EFE).- Police found seven bodies in a street in Ecatepec, a city northeast of Mexico City, over the weekend, state officials said.

The bodies were discovered early Sunday on Pemex avenue in the Obrera Jajalpa district of Ecatepec, a spokesman for the Mexico state Attorney General's Office told Efe.

Four of the bodies were found by state police inside a vehicle and the other three were on the ground, Milenio Television reported.

Three of the victims were clothed and the other four were naked, the El Universal newspaper reported on its Web site.

Eight bodies, six of them naked and showing signs of torture, were found by municipal police officers in Ecatepec on Oct. 25.

City officials said at the time that investigators presumed the killings were linked to organized crime because of the way the victims were murdered, but no messages were left with the bodies.

Ecatepec has 1.9 million residents and is one of largest cities in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead, or an average of 32 per day, in Mexico, officials say.

Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug cartels.

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