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13 bodies found in around Lake Chapala in western Mexico

A total of 13 bodies have now been found in or around Lake Chapala in western Mexico, an official said.

world Updated: Oct 02, 2016 08:18 IST
Mexico crime,Lake Chapala,Jalisco state
View of a place on the Lerma River where bodies were found in Jamay, Jalisco State. More corpses were found on the banks of the Lerma River, near Lake Chapalam raising the count to 13 bodies.(AFP Photo)

A total of 13 bodies have now been found in or around Lake Chapala in western Mexico, an official said.

The head prosecutor of Jalisco state, Eduardo Almaguer, told the Milenio television network on Saturday that the dead apparently were members of a gang and came from nearby communities. He said they were killed by their former criminal allies in the neighbouring state of Michoacan on or around Sept 21.

The bodies of the 12 men and one woman were then apparently tossed into a river that feeds into the lake. They were found at the opposite end of the lake from the town of Chapala, popular among tourists and American retirees.

Also, a soldier died in a shoot out with criminals in the central state of Guanajuato, one day after five soldiers were killed in an ambush in the northern state of Sinaloa. The Guanajuato state prosecutor’s office said police and soldiers were chasing a three-vehicle convoy of armed men in the township of Comonfort, Guanajuato, when the gunfight broke out and the soldiers was shot to death.

It appeared unrelated to Friday’s attack on a military convoy in Sinaloa, which was likely launched to free a wounded drug suspect being transported in an ambulance guarded by the convoy.

In a speech on Saturday, defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos used unusually harsh language to describe the attackers, who apparently used grenades to attack the army convoy.

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

First Published: Oct 02, 2016 08:17 IST