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  • Police patrol the streets in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico August 6, 2018.

    Police patrol the streets in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico August 6, 2018. | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 9 August 2018

Both graves were found by the authorities after citizen alerts.

Since Saturday authorities have found 20 bodies in two clandestine common graves in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, in the western region of Mexico. Both pits were found by the authorities after citizen alerts.

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The first pit was found on Saturday, after citizens alerted authorities about foul odors, in an abandoned land. The municipal police determined that it was a secret pit. According to the forensic analysis, the authorities informed that the bodies were those of nine men and one woman and that all of them had different levels of deterioration.

Police authorities have not been able to determine the causes of the deaths. According to neighbors of the area, this abandoned space was used for drug trafficking and consuming porpuses. 

On Tuesday, another grave was found by authorities, after receiving a call of citizens saying that there were traces of blood on an apartment's front. Inside the apartment, the municipal police found three bodies. With further investigation, the police found the clandestine pit. In total, the police found 10 bodies.

A report in July found that Mexico's homicide rate broke its own record as it jumped by 16 percent during the first half of 2018. A total of 15,973 murders were counted by the country's interior ministry compared to 13,751 killings during the same period last year.

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