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Mexico offers rewards for information on missing students

Mexico offers rewards for information on missing students

The Mexican government has offered rewards for information on the whereabouts of 43 students who disappeared more than three weeks ago.

The 43 from a teacher training college in the town of Ayotzinapa went missing after deadly clashes with the police.

In newspaper advertisements the government said it would pay 1.5 million pesos ($110,000, £68,000) for information about the students.

Thirty-six police officers are being questioned over their disappearance.
Deadly clashes

The rewards apply to information leading to their whereabouts or the identification of those behind their disappearance.
Parents and relatives of the 43 missing students arrive for a mass at Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City on 19 October, 2014 The relatives of the missing have complained about the slow pace of the investigation

Eyewitnesses recounted how they saw the 43 being bundled into cars by municipal police officers on 26 September near the town of Iguala, in Guerrero state.

The students had travelled to Iguala to protest and raise funds for their college.

Police opened fire on the students’ buses as they were travelling back to Ayotzinapa. Six people, three of them students, were killed in the shootings.

The 43 were declared missing in the following days.

Municipal police officers arrested in connection with the clashes reportedly confessed to handing the students over to a local drug gang calling itself Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors).
No match

Nineteen burial pits have been found in the hills surrounding Iguala since, some of them following tip-offs by those in custody.

Read More:BBC News – Mexico offers rewards for information on missing students.

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