- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

CULIACAN, Mexico — Police have found 16 shot and burned bodies in two pickup trucks in the western city of Culiacan.

Sinaloa state Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez says neighbors called police after seeing a pickup truck on fire early Wednesday in the Antonio Rosales neighborhood. Higuera says investigators found 12 bodies on the bed of the truck.

Higuera says that minutes later, authorities received another report of a pickup truck burning behind a store. Police found four bodies inside that vehicle and one had been decapitated.

Higuera said all 16 had been shot.

Culiacan is the capital of the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, which is home of a major drug cartel named for the state.

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