Mexico Drug War: 76,000 Dead In Seven Years; Now Nine More

The latest episode in the endless Mexico drug war story played out in the western state of Michoacan, where the bodies of nine men were found on Saturday.

This is one of the most troubled areas of Mexico, where the Knights Templar drug cartel is fighting civilian-led vigilante groups, some with links to other cartels.

Michoacan is where former President Felipe Calderon launched his army-led campaign against the cartels in 2007.

It has again become a center for drug-related violence.
The bodies were found by members of the army, according to a spokesman for the Michoacan’s attorney general’s office.

The men had been tied up and shot; they were found early Saturday and have not yet been identified.

The Knights Templar is a cult-like gang involved in drug trafficking and extortion. It terrorizes many communities in Michoacan.

Over 70,000 people have died following Calderon’s army-led war on drug cartels between 2006 and 2012; more than 6,000 have been killed since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December.

On Friday in Guerrero state, which borders Michoacan, eight people were found killed in another area where the Knights Templar are fighting vigilante groups.

In a different part of the same state, eight bodies were found in a mass grave.

The saga of the Mexico drug war continues………

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