Four new mass graves have been discovered in the Mexican state of Guerrero, where 43 student teachers disappeared last month after clashes with the local police.
On Thursday, Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo said that the remains of charred human bodies were uncovered in the mass graves on the outskirts of Iguala city.
We are going to take DNA samples from the missing students’ relatives to recognize whether the excavated corpses belong to the students or not, Murillo added.
According to reports, the new find has increased the number of graves discovered on the outskirts of the city to at least 10.
On September 26, the students protesting over hiring practices went missing following an attack by police forces suspected of having links to drug gangs.
The students are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police forces. However, the motive behind the probable murder is not yet clear.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has pledged to get rid of gang violence that has claimed about 80,000 lives in Mexico since 2007. However, the steady stream of killings has continued unabated.
According to official data, since December 2012, an additional 1,000 people die every month in violence linked to drug cartels.
The Mexican army is still fighting drug gangs across large parts of the country. The government says it has a database of 26,000 missing people in connection with drug-related violence.
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