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Massacres leave 16 dead in neighboring Mexican states

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two massacres have left at least 16 people dead in the neighboring Mexican states of Michoacan and Guerrero.

A statement from the Michoacan state prosecutors’ office said nine burned bodies were found inside an SUV in the municipality of Cuitzeo in an area with pipelines run by state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos.

Prosecutors said there were signs of the possible clandestine tapping of the pipelines and authorities are looking into whether the deaths are related to fuel theft.

Also on Saturday, state prosecutors in Guerrero said seven people, including two children, were shot to death in neighboring houses near Tepecoacuilco de Trujano, a municipality 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Iguala, the city where 43 students disappeared in 2014.

Local media reported the seven dead were members of the same family.


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