Mexican researchers exhume 53 bags of human remains after dog seen carrying human hand
Around 53 bags of human remains have been unearthed since late October from a makeshift grave in the Mexican city of Irapuato, an excavation that began after locals reported seeing a dog walking around with one hand human in the mouth
Irapuato is in Guanajuato, which has the highest homicide rate of any of Mexico’s 32 states. The violence is mainly driven by a years-long war between the Jalisco cartel and the Sinaloa cartel.
Bibiana Mendoza, 32, told Agence France-Presse that she came to Irapuato in search of her brother after hearing reports that the dog was carrying a human hand.
“While people around the world were celebrating Cervantino’s feast, we were digging up bodies, and at the same time I thought it was pointless because they were burying more people elsewhere,” Mendoza told the press.
Mendoza, who founded a women’s organization that searches for missing people, is working with forensic experts to identify the human remains that were found in 53 bags.
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The state of Guanajuato, located in central Mexico, has seen violent clashes between cartels and law enforcement in recent months. On Sunday, several members of a cartel were killed after attacking a police station in Celaya, a town about 40 kilometers east of Irapuato, where the human remains were found.
On November 9, a shooting in a bar in Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato, resulted in the death of nine people.
In addition to the violence stemming from drug trafficking, the cartels are also at war with each other over fuel theft.
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“Gang violence, often associated with the theft of oil and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the southern and central areas of the state,” the Department of ‘State of the United States in a past travel notice. month. “Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.