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49 Bodies Found Decapitated, Hands Cut Off, 110 Miles from U.S. Border 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The mutilated bodies of 43 men and six women were discovered in plastic bags near the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, 110 miles from the U.S. border, the BBC reports.

The bodies were found in Cadereyta municipality at 4:00 local time (5:00 ET), and led officials to close down the highway between Monterrey and the border town of Reynosa. The victims were decapitated and their hands had been cut off, making it difficult to identify them, although the state prosecutor said it was possible they were Central American migrants. Authorities said it appeared the bodies had been killed up to two days ago at a different location and dumped from a truck, says the BBC.

The grisly discovery comes four days after police found the decapitated and dismembered bodies of 18 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico. Four days prior to that, 23 bodies were discovered hanging from a bridge or decapitated in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.

A note left with the bodies said that they had been killed by the Zetas cartel, according to the BBC.

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Friend: Texas Missionaries Killed in Mexico Knew They Were in Danger

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MONTERREY, Mexico) -- A dedicated Texas missionary couple strangled in their Mexico home knew how much danger they were in, but refused to leave the people they cared for, according to a friend from their sponsor church in Texas.

"They had opportunities to return, but these are their people.  It would be like abandoning family.  We don't abandon family," Karen Mosley, the secretary for Liberty Baptist Church in Lewisville, Texas, told ABC News. "We lost a couple of great prayer warriors."

John Casias, 76, and Wanda Casias, 67, were found dead at their home near Monterrey, Mexico, on Tuesday by one of their 10 children.  They had been living and working in Mexico for about 30 years.

It was the second time in a year that an American missionary was killed in Mexico.  Nancy Davis, 59, was shot in the head in January 2011 when she and her husband were attacked at an illegal road block.

"They had all kinds of updated security measures, which makes us all believe it was somebody he knew or he wouldn't have let them in," Mosley said.  She said they lived on a walled property and had a gate.

Mosley said church members used to go on missions every other year to the area where the Casias couple lived, until about four years ago when things became too dangerous for them to travel there.  Fighting between drug cartels over the past few years made Monterrey an extremely dangerous place.

"John doesn't allow visitors to come to his place anymore.  It's that bad," Mosley said.  "There are no more policemen, they're all dead. The last mayor was murdered. All they have there are soldiers."

The couple had discussed what they wanted, should anything ever happen to them, with members of the church, Mosley said. The couple said that if they were to be kidnapped, they did not want anyone to pay ransom for them.

"They would not allow it," Mosley said. "They knew it was dangerous. They were just cautious and they made a pact."

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Mexican Authorities Name 18 More Suspects in Deadly Casino Fire

Dario Leon/AFP/Getty Images(MONTERREY, Mexico) -- Mexican authorities have identified another 18 suspects in a Monterrey casino fire that killed 52 people last month, and are offering $1.3 million for information leading to each of their arrests.

A federal prosecutor says the suspects are members of the Zetas drug cartel.  

Authorities have already made several arrests linked to the fire, including a police officer and other members of the cartel, according to BBC News.

The attack took place Aug. 25 when gunmen entered Monterrey's Casino Royale, poured fuel throughout and set fire to the place before panic erupted among its patrons, BBC News reports.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon initiated a crackdown on drug cartels in 2006, according to BBC News, but since then, the gang violence has persisted.  The casino's arson attack is one of the deadliest acts of the violence.

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52 People Killed, Scores Injured in Fire Attack on Mexican Casino

Red Cross personnel transport a body outside the Casino Royale in Monterrey, Mexico on August 25, 2011. Dario Leon/AFP/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) -- At least 52 people were killed and several injured in an afternoon attack at a casino in the Nuevo Leon State town of Monterrey on Thursday.

Officials say about eight gunmen walked into the Casino Royale at about 3:00 p.m. and poured a flammable liquid on machines before setting them alight. Some of the people in the casino, mostly women, died in a stampede which followed when customers and casino employees tried to escape the fire through doorways and emergency exits. Some victims died from smoke inhalation while others were burnt.

The Mexican government declared three days of national mourning and offered a $2.4m reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the attack.

Until recently, Monterrey had been considered a peaceful business town which had largely escaped the Mexican drug cartel violence affecting a number of towns in Mexico.  However, since last year violence has increased with dead bodies appearing in the town which is close to the Texas border.  Drug cartels are fighting for control of drug trafficking routes to the United States.

President Obama condemned the attacks on Friday saying, "The people of Mexico and their government are engaged in a brave fight to disrupt violent transnational criminal organizations that threaten both Mexico and the United States. The United States is and will remain a partner in this fight.  We share with Mexico responsibility for meeting this challenge and we are committed to continuing our unprecedented cooperation in confronting these criminal organizations."

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