Mexico investigates reports of clandestine grave pits near Canadian-operated mine

MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities are investigating reports of clandestine grave sites in the hamlet of Carrizalillo, near a gold mine operated by a Canadian company.

The Attorney General’s Office said forensics experts and police had been sent to the sites in southern Guerrero state, but did not say whether they had found any human remains.

But inhabitants said Wednesday that at least three pits with human bones have been found. They showed reporters what appeared to be hip or leg bones in the pits.

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Assistant mayor Nelson Figueroa said inhabitants reported seeing pickup trucks full of bodies heading out to the rural area last year.

The Guerreros Unidos drug gang has been active in the area. The gang is blamed for the disappearance of 43 students who went missing in September 2014 as well as for dozens of other bodies found in pits around the city of Iguala, Guerrero.

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Three employees of a mine operated by Canada’s Goldcorp near Carrizalillo were kidnapped and killed in the area in March. Their bodies were found.

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