Mexican military documents show soldiers were given a standing order to kill criminals, just days before the alleged extrajudicial execution of several gang suspects last year, a human rights group said Thursday.

The Prodh human rights center said in a report that high-ranking military officers must be investigated for their responsibility in the Tlatlaya case, which saw 22 suspects killed in a warehouse.

The case has highlighted again the government’s controversial deployment of the armed forces since 2006 to combat drug cartels, a battle that has been rife with abuse allegations.

One of the 37 orders issued in a June 11, 2014 regional military document instructs troops to “operate at night in massive form and reduce activities during the day with the goal of taking down criminals in dark hours, as most crimes are committed at that hour.”

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