Authorities excavated 59 remains from a secret mass grave in Guanajuato, Mexico, national officials announced on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
A Spike Due To Cartel War
Officials uncovered the dead bodies in Salvatierra, a city that is part of Guanajuato state.
Santa Rosa de Lima (CSRL) and Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) cartels waged a bloody turf war resulting in a surge in homicide rate, per Al Jazeera.
Both cartels, CSRL, and CJNG are involved in drug and fuel trafficking.
Guanajuato state, in particular, saw a 25% homicide spike, according to official data.
This year, the birthplace of the country’s independence recorded 2,250 homicides between January and August.
Women And Youth Included In The Heap
Karla Quintana of Mexico’s Comisión Nacional Bancaria (CNB) said that at a minimum, 10 of the corpses were women.
Quintana head of CNB added that most of the remains belonged to young people, teenagers included, per Daily Mail.
Mexico’s Comisión Nacional Bancaria head spoke to the press on Wednesday afternoon, according to Reuters.
Relatives of missing persons sounded the alarm prior to the discovery of the hidden burial site in Guanajuato, Quintana said.
Despite the initial discovery, there are “more possible developments.”
The search commission will, therefore, “continue working” until the “job” is completely done, Quintana added.
The Most Violent And The Most Lucrative Area
Daily Mail reported that the area is so dangerous that the army and National Guard secured the place during the excavations.
The rivals, CSRL and CJNG, for years, have been fighting for territory and control over the lucrative drug trade in Guanajuato.
Approximately six million inhabitants live in Guanajuato, said to be the most dangerous state since 2018.
Former President Felipe Calderon launched a war on drug traffickers in 2006, per Al Jazeera.
As a result, the government called on the military to lock horns with the powerful drug cartels in the country.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) took office in 2018, likewise deployed the military and national guard troops in troublesome states.