Cops Find 5 Bodies in Rural Area Near Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police have unearthed the decomposed bodies of five people in a farming town about 60 miles from the capital.

Mexico state attorney general's spokesman Alfredo Albiter says an unidentified man called a relative of a missing person and said 23 bodies were buried in a maize field of Almoloya de Juarez.

Albiter says excavation ended Sunday and the forensics team found only five bodies. He says the bodies haven't yet been identified and he doesn't know if the body of the missing person was in the grave.

Mass graves have become an increasingly common discovery in Mexico's brutal drug war, which has claimed more than 35,000 lives
since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug
traffickers in late 2006.

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