CHILPANCINGO, Mexico – Police found five burned bodies outside the southern Mexican city of Chilapa de Alvarez, where 13 bags containing human remains were discovered earlier in the week, Guerrero state Attorney General’s Office spokesmen told EFE on Thursday.
Authorities were notified around 11:00 pm Wednesday that a vehicle was burning in Calzada de la Virgen on the road to the community of Ajacayan, the AG’s office said.
Officers responding to the call found five bodies inside the vehicle.
On Tuesday, the AG’s office said that 13 trash bags containing the remains of six men had been found near the city of Chilapa.
The Los Ardillos gang and the Los Jefes organization, previously known as the Los Rojos gang, have been engaged in a turf war in Guerrero.
Chilapa de Alvarez is coveted by drug traffickers because it is surrounded by mountains where a large percentage of the poppies used to produce heroin for shipment to the United States are grown.
The only route for smuggling out poppies grown in the mountains runs through the area.
The clashes around Chilapa, located in central Guerrero, have intensified in recent days, with the death toll hitting 25.
The dismembered bodies of three men were found earlier this week on the highway that connects Mexico City and the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.