Mexico digs for remains of students disappeared 5 years ago

Mexican officials have begun scouring new sites for the remains of 43 students, including a dump near where they disappeared five years ago, after re-opening the case that plunged the last government into a major crisis.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office confirmed that new investigations were underway in Guerrero, but said she could not say exactly where they were taking place.

Pena Nieto’s successor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, took office in December pledging to re-open the case. His government has called the original probe into the crime “discredited” and vowed to go after the officials who led it.

According to the Pena Nieto administration’s account, local drug gang Guerreros Unidos mistook the students for members of a rival outfit, killed them, incinerated their bodies in a nearby garbage dump and tipped their remains into a river. However, the remains of only one of the 43 were ever definitively identified.

Sources: Reuters, teleSUR.

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