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Mexico City, April 3 (IANS/EFE) Nine bodies, the majority of them dismembered, were found inside an SUV with Texas tag in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, officials said.

The grisly discovery was made Sunday night in the community of Santa Clara, the Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office and the Public Safety Secretariat said in a joint statement.

The Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Tamaulipas and smuggling routes into the US.

Police received a tip from a caller that the bodies were inside a GMC Yukon SUV, the state agencies said.

"The remains of nine unidentified males, the majority of them dismembered, were found inside the vehicle," the AG's office and the secretariat said.

The bodies were taken to the morgue, where specialists will try to identify them.

A Mexico City newspaper reported Monday that 1,025 people died in drug-related violence in March, making it the deadliest month since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office.

--IANS/EFE

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