One of 43 missing Mexican students identified among remains

Forensic experts have identified one of 43 missing Mexican students among a set of charred remains found in a landfill, an official has said, partly solving a case that has roiled the government.

AFP| Last Updated: Dec 07, 2014, 06:14 AM IST

Mexico City: Forensic experts have identified one of 43 missing Mexican students among a set of charred remains found in a landfill, an official has said, partly solving a case that has roiled the government.

Federal authorities sent badly burned remains to an Austrian medical university last month after finding them in a garbage dump and river in the southern state of Guerrero.

"One of the pieces (of bones) belongs to one of the students," a federal official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say the aspiring teachers vanished after gang-linked police attacked their buses in the city of Iguala on September 26, allegedly under orders from the mayor and his wife in a night of terror that left six other people dead.

The police then delivered the students to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, who told investigators they took them in two trucks to a landfill, killed them, burned their bodies and dumped them in a river.

Parents of the students led a new protest in Mexico City on Saturday, the latest in a wave of demonstrations against President Enrique Pena Nieto's handling of the case.