More than 2,000 Mexican Federal Police, marines and Guerrero State Police have been deployed to the municipality of Iguala over the weekend.
By H. Nelson Goodson
September 30, 2014
Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico – Over the weekend, 22 of 280 Iguala municipal police officers have been arrested in connection with three major armed attacks on buses carrying students from an adjacent municipality. Four students have been reported killed, a woman passenger in a taxi, a faculty member and one of the bus drivers. The victims were identified as, Daniel Solis Gallardo; Yosivani Guerrero; Aldo Gutiérrez Solano was declared brain dead; David Josué García Evangelista, 15; Pedro Rentería, the technical director for the Avispones soccer team from Chilpancingo; Victor Manuel Lugo Ortiz, a bus driver and Blanca Montiel Sánchez. Evangelista, Rentería and Ortiz were in a soccer bus team called the Avispones (Bees) from Chilpancingo, the capital city of Guerrero and were shot by the suspects by mistake thinking they were from the Raul Isidro Burgos school the intended target by corrupt police officers from Iguala. Los Avispones had played a soccer team from Iguala and had won the game earlier. They were headed back home in their bus and two taxi cabs when they were intercepted and ambushed by police.
The corrupt police officers had clashed with a group of students from the Raul Isidro Burgos school after police ambused three buses from their school, two vans, two cars and a motorcycle driver. The students through rocks at the municipal police officers and they returned fire.
A student was able to recognize the following Iguala municipal police vehicle numbers, 080, 022, 027, 028 and 302 involved in the shootings. More than 500 cartridges from various calibers, including 9MM and AK-15’s were recovered at the crime scenes.
At least 17 people, including students have been reported injured after the buses were riddled with bullets on Friday night and early Saturday.
The students were out collecting donations to fund their school activities when they were suddenly ambushed and fired upon by Iguala municipal police officers. The first shooting incident occurred on Friday night around 9:00 p.m. and the second incident happened on early Saturday when some students were talking to media. The student victims were from the Raul Isidro Burgos school in Ayotzinapa in the municipality of Tixtla.
Iñky Blanco Carrera, the Guerrero State Attorney General on Sunday reported that the 22 Iguala municipal police officers (21 men and one woman) were arrested on Saturday. The suspects were taken to an Acapulco jail on Sunday to face charges for the murder of four students, a woman, a faculty director and a bus driver, including additional charges for shooting and injuring at least 17 other students and adults.
The Guerrero State Police had learned that family members and members of a criminal organization were planning to rescued the detained officers, so the suspects were transferred to Acapulco.
Also, about 42 students have disappeared or reported missing after the police attack on three buses carrying more than 105 students from Ayotzinapa and school faculty.
The suspects arrested are also accused of having connections with organized crime and that the students were targeted because of a losing bet on a soccer game.
On Sunday, hundreds of family members of those students that have disappeared or murdered after the shooting held a major protest in Iguala. Some of the protesters are alleging that the Governor of Guerrero, Angel Aguirre Rivero and the Iguala Mayor, José Luis Abarca Velásquez are responsible for the killings.
Last reports from the area indicated that about ten bodies were found believed to be some of the students missing, but the report has not been confirmed by Mexican government officials.
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