updated 9/23/2009 4:13:52 PM ET 2009-09-23T20:13:52

Police found nine bodies in nine hours in this violence-plagued city across from El Paso, Texas, including a beheaded man and four people who were shot dead in a car.

The victims died in five incidents Wednesday morning, according to Chihuahua state attorney general's spokesman Vladimir Tuexi.

Tuexi said the bullet-riddled bodies of three men and one woman, all unidentified, were discovered in a car shortly after midnight. About an hour later, police responding to a call found the body of a man who was shot repeatedly outside a bar.

The toll rose to six just after sunrise with the discovery of a gunshot victim lying by the side of a road. Later in the morning, police found two bodies, one beheaded, wrapped in a blanket. The ninth victim turned up in a car.

Ciudad Juarez is Mexico's most violent city, with more than 1,600 murders this year. The bloodshed has continued despite a buildup of troops since March.

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