Mexican drugs-war police find more skulls in mass graves

A police cordon marks the perimeter of the site of unmarked graves where a forensic team and judicial authorities are working after human skulls were found, in Alvarado, in Veracruz state, Mexico, March 19, 2017. (Reuters photo)

MEXICO CITY - Investigators have unearthed the skulls of 47 more suspected victims of Mexico's drug war in Veracruz state just days after uncovering 250 skulls at a separate mass grave used by drug cartels, the state's attorney general said on Sunday.

Veracruz, on Mexico's Gulf coast, has long been a stomping ground for criminal gangs, who fight over lucrative drug and migrant smuggling routes.

Giving details on the latest grisly find, Jorge Winckler said the skulls and remains of multiple body parts were unearthed from eight unmarked graves, clustered in a 120 sq metre area, about 10 kilometres from the town of Alvarado. 

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