The announcement came as local media reported that a mass grave
has been discovered in a trash dump outside mountain town of Cocula,
near Iguala in the southwestern state of Guerrero, where 43 students
disappeared after they clashed with police and masked men on Sept
Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo said the four members of the
Guerreros Unidos gang had been involved in the kidnapping of the
students, which has sparked nationwide protests and undermined
President Enrique Pena Nieto's claims that Mexico is becoming safer
under his watch.
"Today we now have those who organized the disappearance of these
youths," Murillo said.
He did not elaborate on the media reports of another mass grave
site, but he said that the suspects had identified a crime scene
where reporters would be taken on Tuesday.
The attorney general has said Iguala's mayor and his wife were the
probable masterminds of the disappearance and ordered local police
forces to stop the students from disrupting a political event to
launch a campaign for his wife to succeed him as mayor.
Forensic anthropologists are still checking the remains of dozens of
corpses found buried on a hillside outside Iguala, but so far none
of the students' have been found.
Federal authorities have arrested more than 50 people in connection
with the incident, including dozens of police who have links to the
Guerreros Unidos gang, which translates as United Warriors.
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The disappearance of the students has triggered massive protests
from Mexico City to the Pacific seaside resort of Acapulco,
overshadowing Pena Nieto's bid to restore order in Mexico and shift
the focus away from endemic gang violence and onto economic growth
in Latin America's No. 2 economy.
Around 100,000 people have been killed in gang-related violence
since the start of 2007.
(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz and Gabriel Stargardter; Writing by
Michael O'Boyle; Editing by Simon Gardner and Cynthia Osterman)
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