April 22, 2011 / 3:30 AM / 9 years ago

Mexican authorities find 37 in new mass grave

Police stand near a coroner's car containing bodies found in a mass grave in Durango April 20, 2011. REUTERS/Jorge Valenzuela

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Authorities have pulled 37 bodies from a mass grave in northern Mexico, a local official said on Thursday.

Federal police digging in the outskirts of Durango, capital of the Mexican state of the same name, uncovered the severely decomposed bodies in the last two days, the state government official said.

Police found 26 bodies on Wednesday and 11 on Thursday, he said. One of the 11 bodies found on Thursday was female, he added.

The tally brings to more than 50 the number of bodies pulled from at least two ditches in the area in the last two weeks, according to local media.

Mexico has been engaged in a bloody war against drug traffickers for more than four years. Many of the 37,000 people killed have been found buried in ditches.

This month authorities found mass graves containing 145 people in the border state of Tamaulipas.

Reporting by Patrick Rucker, Elinor Comlay and Miguel Angel Gutierrez; Editing by Sandra Maler

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