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49 bodies found on Mexican highway

Grim discovery was made early this morning on highway running from Monterrey, Mexico to US border.

DOZENS OF BODIES have been found dumped on a highway running between Monterrey, northern Mexico to the US border.

Mexican authorities say that at least 49 bodies (43 men and six women) have been found on the highway close to the border city of Renosa early this morning. Some of the bodies were mutilated.

The highway has been closed off for analysis of the scene and CNN reports that police checkpoints have been set up in the area.

The discovery appears to be the latest in a growing number of killings linked to battles between rival drug cartels.

Mexican drug gangs have become notorious for leaving corpses along highways, city streets and under bridges as a warning to their rivals.

Earlier this month, 23 bodies were found in the city of Nuevo Laredo, the AP reports, while 18 others were found along a road south of Guadalajara, in an area popular among tourists.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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