- Forty-three students went missing after clash with corrupt police last month
- State prosecutors now say arrested man told how 17 of them were killed
- Captured protesters allegedly marched to grave site in Iguala, Guerrero
- Then ‘killed and left in pits’, where authorities later found around 30 corpses
- Students were protesting unfair teacher hiring practices on September 26
Mexican hitmen allegedly killed more than a dozen students who went missing last month after a clash with corrupt local police, then buried them in a recently-discovered mass grave.
State prosecutors in the country said a man they arrested told how 17 of the missing youths were rounded up and killed, then thrown in pits, where badly charred remains have now been unearthed.
Authorities said that the man told them how the students, who went missing after a violent clash on September 26, were marched to the site on the outskirts of Iguala, Guerrero state before their deaths.
The bodies found by authorities are so damaged that they could not be identified. All that is left are bones and small pieces of flesh.
Investigators found 28 bodies there, though local officials say as many as 34 were buried across six separate pits.
It could be days before the identities of the dead are known for sure.
Security officials said earlier they believed the victims had been driven to the end of the track, walked up the hillside, executed and buried in six graves.
As investigators worked at the site, up to 2,000 protesters blocked a main highway in the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo demanding justice.
‘You took them alive, we want them returned alive,’ read a huge banner hung across the road linking Mexico City and Acapulco.