Dozens of mutilated bodies have been found in western Mexico where drug cartels are battling each other, it’s been claimed.
Officials said 33 corpses – showing signs of torture – had been found buried on the state border of Michoacan and Jalisco.
The alarm was raised by municipal police officers after they had been detained on suspicion of links to criminal organisations.
“It looks like a minefield. The excavations have been carried out based on the declarations of the detained police,” an official at the attorney general’s office told Reuters, declining to be identified for security reasons. “We haven’t ruled out that there could be more bodies.”
Mexico has suffered from a wave of drug-related violence, with about 1,000 people a month dying in gangland killings. About 80,000 people have died since 2007 in cartel violence.
President Enrique Pena Nieto has sought to shift the focus away from drug violence that dominated his predecessor’s term and onto economic reforms he is seeking to push through Congress.