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Nov 26, 2013 5:34 PM by Associated Press

Count of bodies in Mexico mass graves rises to 48

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican federal official says that the number of bodies found in mass graves in western Mexico has risen to 48.

The official who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the case says many of the bodies were bound or gagged and some showed signs of torture.

Authorities earlier reported 42 bodies, but six more were found.

The graves are in La Barca, a town in a remote area by Lake Chapala, which is popular among tourists and American retirees. The region is site of a turf war between the Knights Templar and New Generation cartels.

Agents were led to the mass graves by local police officers who confessed handing over two missing federal detectives and other people to New Generation gunmen.

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