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Mexico catches mayor blamed for students' disappearance

04 November 2014, 16:06

Mexico -Mexican police detained Tuesday a fugitive ex-mayor and his wife accused of being behind a police attack that left six people dead and 43 college students missing.

Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of the city of Iguala, and Maria de los Angeles Pineda "were detained by federal police in Mexico City," the spokesman said.

"There was no violence in the operation," the spokesman said, adding that the couple was taken to federal prosecutors to be interrogated.

The arrests come more than a month since the students vanished in the southern city, in a case that has drawn international outrage and exposed Mexico's struggle to tame police corruption and gang violence.

The teacher college students remain missing despite a vast search operation in the state of Guerrero, where a dozen mass graves containing 38 unidentified bodies have been discovered.

Abarca, his wife and the city's police chief went on the run two days after the September 26 police attack.

Authorities say Abarca ordered the officers to confront the students over fears that they would derail a speech by his wife, who was the head of the town's child protection agency.

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