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Twenty-eight bodies have been found in mass graves in Mexico following a student protest. The deaths may be the work of hitmen, the AFP reported.
The bodies found in a mass grave outside Iguala are so badly burned that it will take time to identify them, a lawyer for families of a number of missing students told the Associated Press.
Mexico's National Human Rights Commission announced Sunday that they were investigating grave human rights violations, including "extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances." The group called upon local authorities to take necessary safeguards to protect victims and their families as well as witnesses, upon whom the justice system depended.
The commission last year reported on "sensitive and delicate" conditions in the region due to crime, violence and a lack of strategies to protect residents.