The bodies of 55 people have been removed from a mine airshaft in southern Mexico, prosecutors said Monday, making it the country’s largest mass grave.
The victims were found last week at the bottom of a 100-meter (300-foot) deep airshaft near the entrance to a mine in the southern state of Guerrero, officials said. Authorities initially believed there were about 25 bodies
“By Saturday night, the total number of bodies recovered from that airshaft was 55, so terminating the work,” Albertico Guinto Sierra, a spokesman for the local government, told reporters.
Guerrero is one of the Mexican states most affected by violence due to conflicts between drug traffickers, according to the government, that has left over 22,700 dead in the last three years.