A Mexican security official says 180 bodies have been unearthed over the past month during excavations of clandestine graves discovered in a northern Mexico state besieged by drug-gang violence.
Durango state Deputy Public Safety Secretary Juan Rosales says the victims include 12 women.
He told Milenio television on Tuesday that the bodies have been recovered at several sites around Durango city, the state capital.
The state Attorney General's Office said in statement Monday night that 22 bodies had been recovered over the weekend, bringing the toll to 179. It is unclear when the 180th body was found. Phones rang unanswered Tuesday at the Attorney General's Office.