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Mexico arrests 'decisive' suspect in case of 43 missing students

AFP  |  Mexico City 

Mexican authorities said today they have arrested a man they believe played a decisive role in the disappearance and suspected massacre of 43 students in 2014.

The suspect, identified as "N," is a member of the drug cartel, and "is identified in the investigation as one of those who played a decisive role" in the students' disappearance in the southern city of Iguala, told a press conference.

"Shortly after the events in the streets of .. (the suspect) was in direct contact with the students," he said.

remains haunted by the unsolved mystery of the 43 students, who vanished on September 26, 2014 after commandeering several buses to take them to a protest and then being attacked by local police.

Prosecutors initially said the officers delivered the 43 trainees to hitmen from Guerreros Unidos, who killed them, incinerated their bodies and dumped the remains in a river. The remains of only one student were identified after a bone fragment was found.

But independent experts from the Inter-have rejected the government's conclusion.

Higuera said "N" is one of five suspects with a reward of up to $80,000 on their heads over the case.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 10:15 IST