MEXICO CITY – At least 14 people were murdered last week in the southern Mexican city of Iguala, where 43 education students disappeared on Sept. 26, media reports said.
The violence has not ebbed in the city, located in Guerrero state, even though state police have been deployed in Iguala since the students’ disappearance.
Iguala’s former mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, was identified as the individual who gave the orders to abduct the students, and the city’s entire administration was changed, but the violence continues to increase, the El Universal newspaper said.
Six people were murdered in the city last Friday and a group calling itself the Sierra Unida Revolucionaria, suspected of being the armed wing of the Los Rojos gang, claimed responsibility.
Dozens of suspects, including police and public officials, have been arrested in connection with the events that took place in Iguala on the night of Sept. 26, when municipal police fired gunshots at students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School, a nearby teacher-training facility.
Six people died that night, 25 were wounded and 43 students were detained and then handed over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.
Three suspects in the case – Patricio Reyes, Jhonatan Osorio and Agustin Garcia – confessed to having killed the students and burned their bodies.
Reyes, Osorio and Garcia told investigators they took the 43 students to the Cocula dump and set them on fire.