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Mexico identifies 12 slain as military officials

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) -- A state prosecutor says officials have identified 12 people who were tortured, killed and dumped along a mountain highway as military intelligence officials.

Interim Michoacan state prosecutor J. Jesus Montejano says the case has been handed over to the federal attorney general's office.

The bound, blindfolded and tortured bodies of the 11 men and one woman were found late Monday near the town of La Huacana. Such killings in the past have been blamed on drug gangs.

Initial reports indicated the 12 were likely killed a day earlier.

The massacre is one of the heaviest blows to federal forces in President Felipe Calderon's war on drug gangs. Since Calderon took office, more than 11,000 people have been killed by drug violence.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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