Mexico City: Authorities have exhumed 32 bodies and nine heads from several clandestine graves in Mexico`s violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero this week, officials said Thursday.
The remains were unearthed between Tuesday and Thursday in 17 pits on a hill in the village of Pochahuixco, part of the municipality of Zitla, a region beset by turf wars between drug cartels.
“The discoveries are terrible,” Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said.
The remains were taken to the state capital, Chilpancingo, to be identified, Alvarez said in a statement.
The bodies were found in 17 of 20 pits that were dug up by investigators. No other remains were found but soldiers are scouring the region for any other hidden graves.
Authorities had reported earlier the discovery of 19 victims but the body count rose during the day.
Drug cartels have been burying their victims in hidden graves across the country for years, and authorities regularly find human …