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Local Mexico mayor, policeman arrested over alleged murder

The burned bodies were found in a charred pickup truck. The death toll has risen to 10. Photograph: (AFP)

Reuters Mexico City, Mexico Aug 02, 2016, 06.26 AM (IST)
A local mayor and a police officer were among those arrested on Monday for their alleged involvement in the murder of 10 people in western Mexican state of Michoacan, prosecutors said.

The policeman and Juan Carlos Arreygue, who is mayor of Michoacan's Alvaro Obregon municipality, were arrested along with three others, state prosecutor Jose Martin Godoy told a news conference.

Early investigations show police picked up a group of people at a store in Michoacan and forced them to get into a red truck on the orders of local mayor Arreygue, Godoy said. 

The next day their burned bodies were found in a charred pickup truck. The death toll rose to 10, from nine on Saturday.

Authorities initially believed that the victims died in an explosion while stealing fuel.

(Reuters)
 
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