SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Search and rescue operations are still underway to find 43 students who disappeared following a protest in the Mexican town of Iguala in late-September, Press TV reports.
Mexico’s attorney general announced on Tuesday that none of the 28 bodies found in a mass grave near the town of Iguala, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, belonged to the missing students.
General Jesus Murillo said that the DNA results found in the discovered grave do not match the DNA samples provided by the families of the missing young men.
At least 36 police officers, accused of abducting the students and handing them over to a drug gang, have so far been arrested.
“The police and authorities here are openly corrupt and people go missing constantly. Everyone in this state has known about it for years, but if you speak out against the corruption, you go missing yourself. So, people haven’t spoken about it until now,” Leonardo Sanchez, a Guerrero citizen, told the Press TV correspondent in the state capital, Chilpancingo.
According to authorities, municipal police officers colluded with the Guerreros Unidos gang in a night of violence in Iguala on September 26, which left six people dead and the 43 students missing.
Guerrero is one of Mexico’s poorest and violence-plagued states as both self-defense groups, also known as vigilante groups, and drug cartels operate in the area.