Date
25 September 2017
Jose Luis Abarca speaks to the media in this October 29 file photo. Mexican police have captured the fugitive former Iguala city mayor and his wife who the government says were the probable masterminds behind the abduction of 43 students in September. Pho
Jose Luis Abarca speaks to the media in this October 29 file photo. Mexican police have captured the fugitive former Iguala city mayor and his wife who the government says were the probable masterminds behind the abduction of 43 students in September. Pho

Fugitive Mexico mayor, wife detained over missing students

The fugitive mayor of Iguala, a southern Mexico town where 43 college students were apparently abducted in September after he reportedly ordered the police to attack them, has been detained along with his wife, the New York Times reported.

José Ramón Salinas, a spokesman for the Mexican federal police, was quoted as saying that Jose Luis Abarca, who stepped down from his post and fled last month as the police focused on him, was arrested along with his wife in Mexico City.

The duo is said to have been apprehended after a raid by an elite police unit in the congested, working-class Iztapalapa neighborhood. 

Their detention could provide a pivotal break in a case that has frustrated the authorities since Sept. 26, when an outbreak of violence in Iguala left six people dead, including three students, the report noted. 

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