Bloody clashes have left hundreds of Mexican security personnel, gang members, and civilians dead or wounded in the past few weeks.

And recent reports show that even people just transiting the country cannot avoid the violence.

Hundreds of Central American migrants traveling north through Mexico this year have been attacked, kidnapped, or killed by criminal organizations and, allegedly, by state authorities.

Last week, at least 20 men with pistols, shotguns, and machetes attacked a group of about 100 migrants traveling toward the US border on a freight train near the Las Choapas municipality in the southeastern state of Veracruz, according to Mexican newspaper Excelsior.

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