Twelve bodies found in stolen Mexico truck

Stefanie Eschenbacher and Sharay Angulo

Mexican authorities say they are investigating the deaths of 12 men whose bodies were found with signs of gunshot wounds inside a stolen pick-up truck abandoned in the violent western state of Michoacan.

Cartels have been clashing over territory in the region known as Tierra Caliente - Spanish for "Hot Land" - that contains some areas of the neighbouring states Michoacan, Guerrero and Mexico State.

Michoacan state's attorney general said in a statement the men, who have not yet been identified, were found in the municipality of San Lucas that the three states border.

The truck was reported stolen last year in Mexico City, authorities said.