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2 decapitated bodies found in kidnap probe

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Police in this resort area found the decapitated bodies of two men in front of a bar where 11 men were reportedly abducted earlier this month, officials said Monday.

Shell casings from assault rifles and two handwritten messages whose contents were not disclosed were found at the scene, according to a statement from police in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located. Such messages are often left by drug gangs.

Eleven men were reported abducted from the bar Dec. 17. Such establishments are frequently the targets of extortion attempts.

Two of the abducted men were later found dead. Their hands and feet had been cut off.

And in the gulf coast state of Veracruz on Monday, a policeman was killed and a local police commander wounded when a man opened fire on municipal offices in the town of Otatitlan. Three people who were attending a wedding at the town hall were wounded in the shootout.

Assistant state prosecutor Reynaldo Escobar said the victims at the wedding included a boy, a woman and an adult male.

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6 held in deadly unrest after fatal bombings

JOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Police have arrested six people in connection with deadly unrest following a series of bombings that killed 32 people in the central region's worst violence in months, authorities said Monday.

Plateau state's police chief, Abdurrahman Akano, said that no arrests have yet been made in connection with the Christmas Eve explosions but that the suspects had participated in street violence Sunday that left at least three dead and dozens wounded.

Angry youths had barricaded roads and attacked people passing by, and houses and a truck also were set ablaze.

It was not immediately clear whether the Christmas Eve attacks had a religious motive. Two of the bombs went off near a large market where people were doing last-minute shopping. A third hit a mainly Christian area of Jos, while the fourth was near a road that leads to the city's main mosque.

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Series of explosions rocks munitions plant

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Police say a series of explosions has rocked a Serbian munitions factory, causing serious damage but no injuries.

The Sloboda factory in Cacak, central Serbia, which produces artillery rounds and other explosive devices for the military, was ablaze for hours Monday. Authorities said they managed to evacuate workers before the blasts began.

One of the main military plants in Serbia, it was repeatedly targeted by NATO during the alliance's airstrikes in 1999 over a government crackdown against Kosovo separatists.

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