At least 42 bodies pulled from mass grave in western Mexico
Discovery began with investigation of two missing federal agents
Forty-two bodies so far have been pulled from mass graves in western Mexico this month. According to the Attorney General's Office, many of the bodies had bullet wounds and showed signs of torture. The bodies have not yet been identified.
The presence of such modern-day "killing fields" are a distressingly common reality in modern Mexico.
Twenty-two graves, in the town of La Barca in the state of Jalisco, were discovered as part of an investigation into the disappearance of two federal agents.
"We started the investigation when two police officers disappeared," Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says.
"We found that those responsible for the disappearances of these police officers were municipal police, practically all of them municipal police officers.
"We detained them, and from that investigation we found a place where the federal agents might have been buried," he added.
The two missing federal officers were not among the bodies found in the mass graves. An investigation into their disappearance is ongoing.
The Knights Templar and Jalisco New Generation are tow of the more notorious drug cartels that operate in the region. Factions are battling for control in the area.
It's not yet known if these discoveries will bring closure to the families of the thousands who have disappeared in this country in recent years.
The presence of such modern-day "killing fields" are a distressingly common reality in modern Mexico. More than 26,000 people went missing during the 2006-2012 term of President Felipe Calderon.
Mexico continues to reel from a host of problems connected to organized crime, corruption and the federal government's attempt to push back against the power of the narco groups. The disappeared include ordinary people, rival drug cartel members and police as well as U.S.-bound migrants, who were a favorite kidnapping target for criminal groups.
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