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More body parts found in Mexico

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The heads and hands of two men were found next to a bar in Mexico's violent border city of Ciudad Juarez in the latest grim discovery in the region's drug war, officials said.

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File photo - A man walks past a crime scene where members of a forensic team work next to the bodies of two dead men on a road in Ciudad Juarez. Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez

The body parts were found on Monday in the bar parking lot, while the main parts of the bodies - thought to belong to a man in his 20s and another man in his 30s - have yet to be recovered and identified, according to the state prosecutor's office.

Drug-related violence in the border city of 1.3 million was blamed for about 3 100 murders last year alone, with the region a key stop on the busy route for the cartels shipping narcotics north to consumers in the United States.

The discovery came a day after the gruesome find in Mexico's increasingly brutal war between drug cartels, with 49 people killed, decapitated, dismembered then left in plastic bags on the side of a highway near the northern city of Monterrey.

More than 50 000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an all-out war against the nation's drug gangs on taking office in December 2006. - Sapa-AFP

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