Oaxaca, Mar 5 (AFP) The bodies of seven people were found in an abandoned truck on a rural road in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, local officials said.Also Read - Texas Border Crossing Where Migrants Made Camp to Reopen

Police from the town of Santo Domingo Zanatepec — some 350 kilometers from the state’s capital city Oaxaca — made the discovery of the as of yet unidentified bodies, all of which showed bullet wounds, according to authorities. Also Read - Videos Show Buildings Swaying, Power Outages in Mexico After Massive Quake; Tsunami Alert Sounded | WATCH

At least 30 people have been killed in the region in recent days, local press reports say, likely because of rivalries between drug trafficking gangs. Also Read - Brave Woman Fights Off 10-Ft-Long Crocodile, Repeatedly Punches It in Face to Protect Her Identical Twin Sister

Mexico has suffered a wave of violence linked to drug trafficking that has intensified in recent years.

Authorities recorded 25,339 murders in 2017, the most violent year since official data-keeping began in 1997.

Since December 2006 — when the government launched a controversial military anti-drug operation — more than 200,000 murders have occurred, although official figures do not track how many cases are linked to organized crime.(AFP) AMS AMS

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.