Four human skulls found in Mexico package bound for US

Remains discovered wrapped in aluminium foil at Queretaro airport while being sent to South Carolina

Four human skulls were discovered inside a package at a Mexican airport that was due to be sent by courier to the United States, local authorities say.

The skulls were found wrapped in aluminium foil inside a cardboard box at Queretaro intercontinental airport in central Mexico, the national guard said on Friday.

The package had been sent from the western coastal state of Michoacan – one of the most violent parts of the country – and was destined for an address in Manning, South Carolina, it said in a statement.

The skulls detected in the package by X-ray equipment at Queretaro airport.

The national guard gave no further details on the age, identity or possible motive for the sending of the human remains.

The transfer of human remains requires a special permit from a competent health authority, which was not obtained, it said.