Dozens more bodies found in Mexico mine

Police discovered dozens more bodies in an abandoned mine suspected of being used by drug gangs as a dumping ground for their victims, the state attorney general's office said.

Dozens more bodies found in Mexico mine

Police discovered dozens more bodies in an abandoned mine suspected of being used by drug gangs as a dumping ground for their victims, the state attorney general's office said on Monday.

The first 20 corpses, including the warden of a nearby jail, were pulled more than a week ago from the bottom of a 500-foot (150-metre) deep air shaft at the Concha mine in Taxco, a pretty colonial town in western Mexico.

As of Saturday, 55 bodies had been pulled out of the mine, some in advanced stages of decomposition, the state attorney general's office said in a statement.

Officials have been rappelling into the mine shafts to look for bodies since the first ones were found May 29, and have 10 more ducts to explore.

"The smell was intolerable," said Carlos Amezcua, the head of emergency services in the Guerrero state who participated in the recovery effort.

Quaint towns like Taxco, founded in the early 1600s and featuring silver crafts and religious festivals that attract thousands of visitors each year, are increasingly drawn into the violence concentrated along the U.S.-Mexico border.


Reuters

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