A gun battle broke out between prisoners and security forces after authorities launched an operation to halt the smuggling of weapons inside a prison in Ciudad Victoria.
Veracruz witnessed over 1,000 killings in 2016 and twice as many forced disappearances. But, according to local residents, the police have been turning a blind eye to the problem.
The human remains were found in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground on the outskirts of the Veracruz city, Mexican prosecutors say.
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