(ANSA-AFP) — TLAJOMULCO DE ZÚÑIGA, FEBRUARY 16 — Thirty-one bodies buried in two secret graves have been discovered in western Mexico, in an area hit by organized crime-related violence. “We have already counted 31 victims,” said Jalisco Prosecutor Luis Joaquin Mendez, adding that the authorities had found elements that would allow half of the bodies to be identified and then handed over to their families.
A first grave was found on February 1 in the town of San Isidro Mazatepec, in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñigan. After several days of research and the recovery of several sacks of bodies, a second burial was found there.
The state of Jalisco, controlled by the powerful Cartel de Jalisco Nouvelle Génération (CJNG), is one of the states hardest hit by organized crime-related violence. In 2022, 301 bodies were discovered there, spread across 41 secret graves, compared to 544 remains in 2020, the highest number to date.
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