IGUALA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA, Mexico (AFP) – Authorities are investigating whether several bodies found in clandestine graves in southern Mexico are those of 43 students who disappeared after a deadly police shooting last week.
The pits were found Saturday on a hill in a community outside Iguala, the town where the students were last seen and where witnesses say municipal police officers whisked several of them away.
Inaky Blanco, chief prosecutor for the violence-plagued state of Guerrero, declined to say how many bodies were buried in the pits outside Iguala, 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of Mexico City.
“We still can’t talk about an exact number of bodies. We are still working at the site,” Blanco told a news conference in the state capital, Chilpancingo.
But two police officers at the scene in the community of Pueblo Viejo told AFP that at least 15 bodies were exhumed from the site, which was cordoned off and guarded by scores of troops and police.