Violence: Six bodies found hanging from bridges in Mexico

The bodies of six men have been found hanging from three different bridges in a region of Mexico popular with foreign tourists.

Police said the bodies were discovered on Dec 20 above busy highways in Baja California Sur state.

Two bodies were retrieved from each location. The identities of the victims have not yet been released.Such violence, which was once rare in Mexico’s tourism hotspots, has been on the rise in recent years.

Violent crime has spiked in Baja California, particularly around the once peaceful resort of Los Cabos visited by million of foreign tourists every year. Los Cabos police chief Juan Manuel Mayorga was shot dead last week.

The governor of the state of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis, said an investigation into the discoveries was under way.

Between January and October, more than 400 people have been killed in violence in the area

While drug cartels in Mexico have previously hung the bodies of their murdered victims in public to intimidate rival gangs, the discovery of six bodies above major roads in the Los Cabos tourist region is unusual.

Drug gang violence is set to make 2017 Mexico’s deadliest year in modern history.

More than 4.4 million passengers, mostly international, have passed through Los Cabos Airport so far this year.