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At least 40 killed in Mexico in 24-hour period

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A government official says the bodies of more than 40 victims of Mexico's vicious drug wars have been found over a 24-hour span.

   The official says at least 20 people were killed and five wounded when gunmen opened fire in a bar late Friday in the northern city of Monterrey, where the Zetas gang is fighting its former ally, the Gulf Cartel.

   According to the official, 11 bodies shot with high-powered rifles were found earlier Friday, piled near a water well on the outskirts of Mexico City, where the gang is fighting the Knights Templar, an offshoot of the La Familia gang that has terrorized its home state of Michoacan.

   He says an additional 10 people were found dead early today in various parts of the northern city of Torreon, where the Zetas are fighting the Sinaloa cartel headed by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

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