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  • 30 January 2013, 9:10

Mexico Band Massacre: All Bodies Found In Well

Seventeen bodies have been recovered from a well in Mexico and 14 of those have been confirmed as being members of a musical band kidnapped by gunmen last week.

Investigators have finished searching the site but are still trying to determine a motive in the killings of the Kombo Kolombia band members and crew.

The group was playing at a ranch in the town of Hidalgo when 10 gunmen entered the warehouse where the private party was being held on Friday.

Eighteen musicians and crew members were taken at gunpoint into waiting vehicles.

One of the musicians escaped and led authorities to the well. Officials have not said how the man was able escape.

"We still don't know for sure if (the escape) happened purposely so the whereabouts of these people could be known quickly," a police spokesman said.

It has been claimed the victims were tortured before being shot dead.

Kombo Kolombia played a Colombian style of music known as vallenato, which is popular in working class neighbourhoods in Monterrey and other parts of Nuevo Leon state.

Most of the group's musicians were from the area.

At least two of the bars where the band had played previously have been attacked by gunmen.

Nuevo Leon state, on the border with Texas, has been the scene of a turf battle between members of the Gulf and Zetas drug cartels.

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