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Even more bodies turn up in Veracruz

Mexican soldiers guard state prosecutors meeting

The body count has continued to climb in the Mexican port of Veracruz, as at least 11 more cadavers were located two days after 35 others were dumped by presumed narcotraffickers.

A Mexican military official who declined to be named said that the bodies were dropped Thursday afternoon in various locations around Veracruz and nearby Boca del Rio.  Hundreds of police, soldiers and marines were called out to provide security for an urgent meeting of justice officials.

The source could not confirm any immediate connection between the latest round of victims and the the previous massacre.

Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte denied the discovery, referring to it as “only unconfirmed rumors”.  Thursday night three photographers waiting at the city morgue were beaten by state police, who forced them to erase the memories from their cameras.

The latest bodies were dumped in plain view of the public; witnesses described the scene as terrible.

“I never thought it would get this bad”, said Erika Gutierrez.

This week’s earlier killings are being attributed to the self-named “New Generation” cartel, presumably aligned with drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.  The 35 victims, including 12 women and two minors, are presumed to be associated with the Zetas cartel battling for control of the Gulf Coast region.

Less than one month ago 52 people were killed in a casino burned by narcotraffickers in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey.  The total death toll in Mexico since the drug war began in 2006 is estimated to be between 35,000 and 40,000 victims.