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Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug traffickers in 2006

Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug traffickers in 2006

Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug traffickers in 2006

Up to 25 bodies have been recovered from an abandoned silver mine, apparently victims of drug gang violence, Mexico's federal police commissioner has said.

Facundo Rosas said the bodies were pulled from the mine late on Saturday night and throughout the day after a suspect told authorities about the abandoned mine, one of hundreds in the region surrounding Taxco, a colonial-era city popular with international tourists.

Police said the remains appear to have accumulated over an undetermined time as bodies were thrown over a 300ft precipice into the mine.

More than 23,000 people have been murdered in drug gang violence since President Felipe Calderon cracked down on drug traffickers in late 2006.

PA