VERACRUZ:– Mothers in east Mexico searching for missing loved ones said Saturday they have found a total of 28 clandestine gravesites with remains of some 40 bodies in the gang-ravaged state of Veracruz.

The women, who launched their own search for missing loved ones after growing tired of waiting for authorities to do so, have found all of the graves since August 1. The area, located north of the port of Veracruz, "is a great cemetery of crime" that is used "like a camp to kill people who have been kidnapped," Lucia de los Angeles Diaz Genao, one of the mothers, told journalists.–AFP

She said she finds it hard to believe that "these things happened in Veracruz without the complicity of authorities."

Saturday's new total doubles the previous August 10 count of 14 graves. Local authorities did not respond to an AFP request for comment.AFP