Mexican police say the brutally murdered bodies of four women and a teenage girl have been found in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.
Authorities say all the victims apparently had a connection to a local beauty parlor.
Officials say the semi-nude and bound bodies of two of the women and a 14-year-old girl were found with their throats slashed early Saturday in the salon.
Police say the other victims, who also had their throats cut, were found later in the day in other parts of the resort town.
Acapulco, a popular tourist destination, has increasingly been the scene of violent battles between rival drug cartels.
On Friday, the U.S. issued a new travel warning for U.S. citizens in Mexico, urging them to exercise caution amid rising drug-related violence.
Nearly 35,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug-related violence since the end of 2006, when President Felipe Calderon ordered a military-led crackdown on the country's drug cartels.
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