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Mexican authorities have discovered 10 bodies _ including nine hanged from a viaduct _ in the central state of Zacatecas, the scene of a territorial battle between drug cartels

MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities on Thursday discovered 10 bodies – including nine hanged from a viaduct – in the central state of Zacatecas, the scene of a battle for territory between drug cartels.

The Zacatecas state public security agency said in a statement that the bodies were found in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, about 550 kilometers north of Mexico City. The 10th body was found on the sidewalk. All the victims were men.

The Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels are fighting for control of the state, which is a key transit point for drugs, especially the powerful synthetic pain reliever fentanyl, moving north to the US border.

Cartels sometimes make such public displays of bodies to taunt their rivals or authorities and terrify local residents.

In the first nine months of the year, Mexico recorded more than 25,000 murders, down 3.4% from the same period a year earlier, according to federal data.

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