32 bodies found in clandestine graves in Southern Mexico

Casey Mills
Декабря 10, 2016

Investigators searching clandestine graves have found 32 bodies and nine human heads in a municipality in southern Mexico where rival drug gangs have been engaged in a wave of extortion, kidnappings and turf battles, authorities said Thursday. They were already transferred to the state's capital Chilpancingo "to initiate the necessary investigation", authorities said.

"The discoveries are awful", said Roberto Alvarez, a state security official in Guerrero. There were more than 1,800 reported homicides between January and October 2016, the BBC added.

The area near San Pedro is considered unsafe as drug cartels regularly kill people and bury them there.

The clashes between drug gangs were complicated by the fact that townspeople fed up with the violence had formed "community police" vigilante squads in many places.

Residents reported a foul smell, and soldiers went to the site in Zitala after they received a tip about people being held hostage, according to ITV.

Investigators are working to identify the bodies and the killers.

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The Ardillos and Los Rojos drug gangs are fighting over territory in the Zitlala region, a security spokesman said.

But Astudillo announced that 200 Guerrero state police, with reinforcements from the neighboring state of Michoacan, had been assigned to the remote mountain area to try to find the missing men.

Officials said they discovered 32 bodies in clandestine graves and nine severed heads stored in coolers. In another area of the state, around 12 people were abducted for ransom. The incidence is linked with the violence from drug cartels.

Guerrero is also known for the disappearance of 43 students in the city of Iguala in September 2014, a case that remains unsolved.

Frustrated by the lack of progress by the authorities, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters of the disappeared have led their own searches across the country, learning to detect clandestine graves on their own.

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