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19 bodies were found in Chihuahua, Mexico

Nineteen bodies have been found in Chihuahua, a northern state in Mexico.

The Associated Press reports that 11 men had been buried in a mass grave and had been dead for a while and there were eight more recently found who were tortured.

The bodies were found about 25 miles from the U.S. border in Ejido Jesus Carranza. This is a popular spot for people to visit because of the sand dunes and it is so close to El Paso, Texas.

Officials believed the 11 male victims were buried about two years ago. That was when the battles of drug gangs were at their highest. There were about 3,000 people killed in Ciudad Juarez that year. Ciudad Juarez is now one of the most dangerous places on earth.

CNN reports that more than 47,500 people have died in Mexico from drug violence since December 2006. More than 5,300 people have disappeared and 9,000 dead have not been able to be identified.

The eight other bodies were along the road near Rosales, about 120 miles from Texas. The men were kidnapped Friday and found Saturday. They were tortured by ways of being burned, beaten and having their eyes cut out and then shot in the head.

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