|Published:||May 31, 2010 12:07 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 30, 2010 9:08 PM EDT|
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's federal police commissioner says between 20 and 25 corpses have been recovered from an abandoned silver mine, apparently victims of drug gang violence.
Facundo Rosas says the bodies were pulled from the mine late Saturday and throughout the day Sunday after a suspect told authorities about the abandoned mine, one of hundreds in the region surrounding Taxco, a colonial-era city popular with international tourists.
Police say the remains appear to have accumulated over an undetermined time as bodies were tossed over a 300-foot (100-meter) precipice into the mine.
More than 23,000 people have been murdered in drug gang violence since President Felipe Calderon cracked down on narcotraffickers in late 2006.
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