IGUALA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA, Mexico: Mexico faced growing international pressure Tuesday to solve the disappearance of 43 students who vanished after they were attacked by police linked to a drug gang.
The United States and the Organization of American States joined appeals for the country to find the young men, who were last seen 10 days ago in Iguala, a city in the violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero.
Fears over their fate rose over the weekend after authorities found a mass grave up a steep hill outside Iguala containing 28 unidentified and badly burned bodies.
Two gang hitmen told investigators they had executed 17 of the 43 young men and dumped them in pits. But authorities say it will take at least two weeks for DNA tests to confirm the victims’ identities.
“This is a troubling crime that demands a full, transparent investigation,” said US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “The perpetrators must be brought to justice.”
OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza called for “the clarification of the murders that have brought grief not only to the Mexican people, but to all the countries of the Americas.”
While authorities say the motive remains under investigation, Guerrero’s governor said one theory is that the police attacked the students because the mayor’s wife was concerned they would disrupt a speech she was giving that day.