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Mexico Drug War: Deadliest Days In Mexican Drug Violence Over Past Year

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Federal police guard as forensic experts examine the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in the town of San Juan near the city of Monterrey, Mexico, Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
Federal police guard as forensic experts examine the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in the town of San Juan near the city of Monterrey, Mexico, Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

-- Some notable incidents of mass violence Mexico's drug war over past year:

_ May 13: Mutilated bodies of 49 people dumped on highway in northern Mexico.

_ May 9: Dismembered bodies of 18 victims left near Mexico's second-largest city, Guadalajara.

_ May 5: Bodies of 23 people found hanging from bridge or decapitated and dumped near city hall in border city of Nuevo Laredo.

_ April 17: Mutilated bodies of 14 men left in minivan in downtown Nuevo Laredo, along with message from undisclosed drug gang.

_ April 12: Tortured and bound bodies of seven men dumped in Pacific port city of Lazaro Cardenas along with messages signed by allies of Sinaloa drug cartel.

_ March 18: Gunmen kill 12 police officers sent to Guerrero state to search for bodies of 10 people whose severed heads were found earlier.

_ March 15: State lawmaker's body identified as one of 330 corpses found since April in mass graves in northern state of Durango.

_ March 7: Sixteen bodies removed from three clandestine graves on outskirts of northern industrial city of Monterrey.

_Feb. 7: Suspected Zetas cartel member leads marines to mass graves at two ranches in Gulf coast state of Veracruz where at least 15 bodies unearthed.

_ Nov. 24, 2011: Bound and gagged bodies of 26 young men found in vans and pickup truck left on expressway in heart of Guadalajara.

_ Nov. 23: Seventeen burned bodies discovered in two pickup trucks in Sinaloa state capital, Culiacan.

_ Oct. 6: Alleged members of New Generation gang allied with the Sinaloa cartel lead police to 32 bodies in city of Veracruz.

_ Oct. 2: Seven bullet-riddled bodies dumped at bus stop in Pacific resort of Zihuatanejo, along with message from Knights Templar gang.

_ Sept. 27: Five severed heads found in front of primary school in Acapulco.

_ Sept. 20: New Generation cartel dumps 35 seminude, tortured bodies in front of terrified motorists at rush hour on busy avenue in Veracruz.

_Aug. 25: Two dozen gunmen burst into casino in Monterrey, douse it with gasoline and start fire that kills 53 people.

_July 26: Police find 18 bodies in clandestine grave near border city of Juarez in northern Mexico.

_ July 8: At least 20 people killed when gunmen open fire at bar in Monterrey. Eleven bodies shot with high-powered rifles found earlier in day piled near well on outskirts of Mexico City.

_ June 7: Federal officials announce finding 193 corpses in recent months buried in town of San Fernando in Tamaulipas state, most of them migrants kidnapped off buses and killed by Zetas.

_May 25: Twenty-nine people wearing fake military uniforms found heaped across roadway and inside bullet-riddled vehicles after battle between drug gangs in Pacific coast state of Nayarit.

_May 14-15: Officials blame Zetas for slaying of 27 workers at cattle ranch in northern Guatemala.

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