Police in southern Mexico are suspects in the disappearance of 43 Mexican students during a protest in which police shot at several buses transporting the protesters.
The bodies were dumped by hit men (and police) in a mass grave, doused with a flammable substance and set ablaze.
IGUALA, Mexico — Inaky Blanco, the chief prosecutor of violence-plagued Guerrero state, said it would take at least 15 days to identify the 28 bodies in the clandestine grave, some of which were badly burned and in pieces.
The site was found on Saturday in Pueblo Viejo, an impoverished district of the city of Iguala, where the missing students were last seen on the night of September 26, some 200 kilometers south of Mexico City.
‘A bed of branches and tree trunks was made, on which the bodies of the victims were laid and a flammable substance was used,’ Blanco said.
The students disappeared after Iguala municipal police officers shot at buses transporting them, and Blanco said the Guerreros Unidos gang participated in a night of violence that left six people dead, 25 wounded and 43 missing….
Mexican police killed three trainee teachers, shot another in the head and another in the face, and herded dozens more into police trucks to what investigators fear was a massacre on a remote hillside, survivors of the incident say.
At least three students were killed in a series of clashes that began after the youths commandeered three buses from the city’s bus station, the state government of Guerrero said.
Students say the shooting began after they resisted police demands to give up the buses, and that they then fled on foot. Three students were killed and another three people – including a taxi driver, his passenger and a teenage soccer player – also died in the gunfire….
Mexico’s federal forces were dispatched to Iguala and have disarmed the city’s entire police force, now accused of colluding with gangs in the death of the missing students.