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Iguala Graves Give Up More Bodies of Massacred Students?

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Federal police walk on a road at an area near clandestine graves at Pueblo Viejo, in the outskirts of Iguala, southern Mexican state of Guerrero October 10, 2014. (Henry Romaro/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 10 Oct 2014 10:41 AM

More graves were discovered in the Iguala vicinity of Mexico, two weeks after 28 bodies were discovered in at a mass burial site there. Investigators believe the bodies belong to 43 students who went missing last month and may have been massacred by gang members and police.

According to Reuters, Attorney General Jesus Murillo said on Thursday that the students clashed with police on Sept. 26, and subsequently went missing. In total, 10 graves have now been found, and DNA tests seeking to establish the victims' identities are underway.

Town mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife are on the lam, and suspected of playing a role in the massacre. The Associated Press reported that investigators suspect police rounded up the students, drove off with them, handed them to a local gang associated with Abarca, and were then slaughtered. 

On Wednesday, thousands of protestors marched through the Mexican capital demanding that the government find out what happened to the students, two days after President Enrique Pena Nieto vowed that those who perpetrated the massacre would be brought to justice.

Twenty six local police officers have been arrested in connection with the case, in addition to a number of laypersons. Thirty four have been arrested in total.

The most recent arrest of four new suspects led to the discovery of the additional graves after they took authorities to them.

Most of the students come from remote mountain regions in the southern state of Guerrero, where poverty reigns amidst corrupt governments, drug traffickers, and vigilante groups.

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More graves were discovered in the Iguala vicinity of Mexico, two weeks after 28 bodies were discovered in at a mass burial site there. Investigators believe the bodies belong to 43 students who went missing last month and may have been massacred by gang members and police.
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