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Mexico prosecutor: Iguala mayor linked to attack on students that left 6 dead, 43 missing

  • FILE - In this May 8, 2014 file photo, the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, right, and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa meet with state government officials in Chilpancingo, Mexico. Abarca ordered a police attack that resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students who remain missing weeks later, the country's top prosecutor, Murillo Karam, said Wednesday, Oct. 22.  Karam also said Abarca's wife has been linked to drug gangs and is now considered a fugitive, along with her husband and the Iguala police chief. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez, File)

    FILE - In this May 8, 2014 file photo, the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, right, and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa meet with state government officials in Chilpancingo, Mexico. Abarca ordered a police attack that resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students who remain missing weeks later, the country's top prosecutor, Murillo Karam, said Wednesday, Oct. 22. Karam also said Abarca's wife has been linked to drug gangs and is now considered a fugitive, along with her husband and the Iguala police chief. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexico's Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, listens to a question from the press during a news conference in Mexico City, Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. Murillo Karam said that the mayor of the town of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, ordered a police attack last month that resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students who remain missing weeks later. The mayor's wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, has been linked to drug gangs and is now considered a fugitive, along with her husband and the Iguala police chief. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Mexico's Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, listens to a question from the press during a news conference in Mexico City, Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. Murillo Karam said that the mayor of the town of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, ordered a police attack last month that resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students who remain missing weeks later. The mayor's wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, has been linked to drug gangs and is now considered a fugitive, along with her husband and the Iguala police chief. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

  • Furniture burns after protesters attacked the municipal palace in Iguala, Mexico, Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. Hundreds of protesters destroyed and set fire on the municipal palace of the town, at the same time as Mexico's top prosecutor announced that that the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, ordered the police attack last month that resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students who remain missing weeks later. The mayor's wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, has been linked to drug gangs and is now considered a fugitive, along with her husband and the Iguala police chief. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

    Furniture burns after protesters attacked the municipal palace in Iguala, Mexico, Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. Hundreds of protesters destroyed and set fire on the municipal palace of the town, at the same time as Mexico's top prosecutor announced that that the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, ordered the police attack last month that resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students who remain missing weeks later. The mayor's wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, has been linked to drug gangs and is now considered a fugitive, along with her husband and the Iguala police chief. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)  (The Associated Press)

Mexican authorities say the mayor of a southern town ordered a police attack that resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students who remain missing weeks later.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said Wednesdsay that Iguala city police received an order that they said came from Mayor Jose Luis Abarca to prevent the students from disrupting an event at which Abarca's wife was presenting a report.

Both the mayor and his wife are now fugitives.