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Iguala Mass Grave Investigated After Students Missing in Mexico

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View of a grave in Pueblo Viejo, in the outskirts of Iguala, Guerrero state, Mexico. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 05:01 PM

A mass grave near Iguala, Mexico, holds the bodies of 28 people, and police suspect they may be the missing students who had a violent confrontation with police a week ago.

Mexico’s state police have been investigating Iguala police officers who were implicated when police and students collided in incidents on Sept. 25 that left six people dead and more than 24 injured. Video showed that Iguala police took a number of students away from the scene. Forty-three students have been reported missing.

Twenty-two police officers have been detained in the situation, and three are on the run, including the city’s police chief.

It will take two weeks to months to determine the identities of the bodies found in the mass grave because the bodies were set on fire, The Associated Press said. Police said they were led to the grave by clues provided from some of the people arrested.

President Enrique Pena Nieto called the deaths "outrageous, painful, and unacceptable," and federal security forces are working with investigators to determine what happened.

The students were protesting hiring practices on Sept. 25, and The Atlantic reported that police opened fire. Each side tells a different story about what happened, with students saying they were trying to leave the scene by bus when they were chased by police, who started shooting. Officials have said the students took the buses by force, which caused the situation to escalate, the Atlantic said.

The Detroit News reported that Guerrero State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said “elements of the municipal police are part of organized crime.” Eight people in addition to the 22 police officers have been arrested, and they reportedly are part of an organized crime gang.

A source close to the investigation said some of the bodies in the mass grave appeared to have been put there recently, but some were covered with tarps and there’s no way to know when they were put in the grave, the AP reported.

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