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Mexican authorities have announced the discovery of at least 113 bodies from a mass grave in Jalisco state, CNN reported.

Of the total, 30 bodies have been identified by relatives, said state attorney Gerardo Octavio Solis at a press conference. There were 28 men and two women identified, he said.

The mass grave is located in El Salto municipality, southeast of state capital Guadalajara, in central Mexico.

A spokesman for the state attorney's office told CNN the dig started on October 1 and excavation work continues.

Another mass grave is being excavated at Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, around 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of El Salto by road, where a further 25 bodies have been found.

Jalisco state has seen rising violence in recent years. It's the base of Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of Mexico's drug cartels.

Jalisco has also exhumed the highest number of bodies from mass graves from 2006 to September 30, 2020 of any of Mexico's states, according to a report from the National Search Commission published in October.

There were 897 bodies exhumed in the state over that period, of a total 6,900 in the country.

Last month, a grim discovery was made in neighboring Guanajuato state, where the remains of 59 bodies were dug up, Reuters reported.

And in March 2017, a mass grave containing more than 250 human skulls was uncovered in Veracruz state, central Mexico.

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