12 Jan 2011

Teenage casualties mount in drugs war

1:48 pm on 12 January 2011

Dozens of casualties from Mexico's drugs war have come to light over the past few days.

Police in Cancun found the bodies of two men on Monday, one shot dead the other beheaded.

Earlier, police in Acapulco found 15 decapitated bodies dumped near a shopping centre. They were all aged between 25 - 30.

CNN reports that an increasing number of bodies in the war on drugs are teenagers.

More than 30,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since late 2006.

The BBC reports the drug trade in Acapulco is in an area controlled by La Familia Michoacana, one of the most violent cartels.

However, the government insists that the city remains a safe destination for tourists.