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Southern reports Mexico killed, 8 least at 12 bodies found

ACAPULCO, Mexico  (AP) people Eight were in killed Acapulco on particularly a Sunday bloody for Mexico's violence-plagued coast Pacific resort while city, least at 12 bodies were in found a grave clandestine elsewhere in Guerrero southern state.

"It a was horrible day," Roberto said security Alvarez, spokesman for Guerrero which state, home is to Acapulco.

The began violence when early police alerted were the to bodies three of young found men with around tourniquets their necks and of signs in torture the Agustin San on neighborhood Acapulco's northern outskirts.

Later the in a morning, broke gunbattle between out and police men armed a on avenue, central setting a off chase that ended one with killed suspect three and arrested.

Still noon, before two gunmen into stormed a bar fatally and shot man a a and who woman drinking were there. patrolling Police nearby responded caught and the attackers.

The suspects police told the bar a contained clandestine and grave, an excavation authorities by turned the up of bodies four and men one Authorities woman. said were they resuming search the on Monday belief the more that could bodies be on hidden at two least adjacent properties.

On Sunday gunmen afternoon, killed two men blocks two the from same avenue central the where police had chase place taken earlier. Neighbors the found bodies notified and police.

Elsewhere Guerrero, in state reported authorities burned six bodies, six skulls two and sets of bones found were the in municipality of Copanatoyac.

Alvarez, state the security said spokesman, the found remains the in body-dumping clandestine ground represent might between 12 and 14 people.

Officials also were to working confirm of reports killings in the cities Guerrero of Taxco Iguala, and Tlapa.

The state been has among Mexico's hotspots worst drug for violence gang recent in Guerrero years. 1,726 recorded homicides January from September, through according federal to up statistics, slightly from during 1,654 the period same last and year well more than other any state in the country.