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Mexico: Fourteen Bodies Unearthed in Mass Grave Near Los Cabos Resort

Forensic technicians check charred bones found at a site believed to be a mass grave at an abandoned ranch in the municipality of Garcia, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, May 31, 2017. Fourteen bodies were found this week in a mass grave near the tourist resort of San Jose del Cabo on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, authorities said. Credit: Reuters

Mexico City: The bodies of 11 men and three women were found in a mass grave near the tourist resort of San Jose del Cabo on the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, where violence between rival drug gangs has surged.

Authorities are running DNA tests from the bones in an attempt to identify the remains that were discovered on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Baja California Sur state prosecutors office said in a statement.

A forensic team was still looking for more remains on Thursday, June 8.

The murder rate has surged in Baja California Sur in the past three years due to a spike in violence in the municipality of Los Cabos, which includes the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

The number of murders in the first four months of the year increased more than five times from the same period last year to 144, according to government data.

Mass graves, some with hundreds of bodies, have been discovered around Mexico in the states that have been hardest hit by drug violence, such as Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Morelos and Guerrero.

Some 30,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since drug violence increased sharply around 2007. More than 150,000 have been killed since then, when former president Felipe Calderon sent the army out to battle drug gangs.