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Mayor, wife detained in case of Mexico's 43 missing students, believed to have ordered attack

  • Children place candles next to six mock coffins, representing those who died in a police attack in Guerrero state, placed outside the National Palace by protesters in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Relatives of the missing have grown increasingly frustrated at the pace of the investigation of the Sept. 26 police attack in the city of Iguala, that left six dead and 43 missing students. The missing were apparently handed over to a drug gang by city police. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Children place candles next to six mock coffins, representing those who died in a police attack in Guerrero state, placed outside the National Palace by protesters in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Relatives of the missing have grown increasingly frustrated at the pace of the investigation of the Sept. 26 police attack in the city of Iguala, that left six dead and 43 missing students. The missing were apparently handed over to a drug gang by city police. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters stand next to six mock coffins, representing those who died in a police attack in Guerrero state, as they demonstrate outside the National Palace in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Relatives of the missing have grown increasingly frustrated at the pace of the investigation of the Sept. 26 police attack in the city of Iguala, that left six dead and 43 missing students. The missing were apparently handed over to a drug gang by city police. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Protesters stand next to six mock coffins, representing those who died in a police attack in Guerrero state, as they demonstrate outside the National Palace in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Relatives of the missing have grown increasingly frustrated at the pace of the investigation of the Sept. 26 police attack in the city of Iguala, that left six dead and 43 missing students. The missing were apparently handed over to a drug gang by city police. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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. Federal police early Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 detained the couple, who are accused of ordering the Sept. 26 attacks on teachers' college students that left six dead and 43 still missing. The Iguala police chief is still a fugitive. (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. Federal police early Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 detained the couple, who are accused of ordering the Sept. 26 attacks on teachers' college students that left six dead and 43 still missing. The Iguala police chief is still a fugitive. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mexican officials say federal police have detained the former mayor of Iguala and his wife, who are said to have ordered the Sept. 26 attacks on teachers' college students that left six dead and 43 missing.

Two security officials say Jose Luis Abarca and Maria de los Angeles Pineda were detained early Tuesday in Mexico City without resisting. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. They provided no other details.

The couple was in the custody of the Attorney General's Office, where they were giving statements. Mexican authorities still have not determined the whereabouts of the 43 students.