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Venezuela prison mass grave yields 15 corpses, three headless

By Andrew Cawthorne

CARACAS, March 18 (Reuters) – Fifteen corpses, three of them headless, have been found in a mass grave at a Venezuelan prison and more may be discovered, investigators said on Saturday.

The grisly find this month at the General Penitentiary in central Guarico state has thrown a spotlight on the South American nation’s crowded, violent and gang-dominated prisons where scores of inmates die each year.

The public prosecutor’s office said 20 forensic experts combing the site at a prison stable had found the remains of at least 15 people, though three were missing skulls.

“We presume there are more corpses,” it said in a statement.

Authorities have given no explanation for the deaths and there has been little national outcry given the litany of horror in Venezuela’s prisons in…

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