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Mexican police injured in blast during protest over students’ disappearance

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There was an explosion outside Mexico’s attorney general’s office, with police injured as protesters clashed with officers in riot gear as 43 students protested ahead of the 2014 anniversary of the disappearance.

Several police officers were injured in the blast and were taken to ambulances. b

Bomb squad members have cordoned off the area.

The protest was among a host of activities planned ahead of the eighth anniversary of the students’ disappearance on Monday.

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Protesters throw rocks at police (Fernando Llano/AP)

On September 26, 2014, police abducted 43 students from a radical teachers’ college in Iguala, Guerrero. They were allegedly handed over to a drug cartel and never seen again. Three were later identified from charred bone fragments.

Last month, Interior Undersecretary Alejandro Encinas, who heads a truth commission investigating the case, called it a “state crime” and directly implicated the military, among other state actors, including local and state police.

Former Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam, who oversaw the original investigation into the disappearances, was arrested last month on charges of torture, official misconduct and enforced disappearance.

Last week, Mexico arrested a retired general who was in charge of a local army base in Iguala at the time of the kidnapping.

Dozens of student protesters arrived by bus at the Attorney General’s office Thursday morning. Police with helmets and riot shields formed several defensive lines in front of the entrance.

On Wednesday, activists vandalized the exterior of Israel’s embassy in Mexico City.

Mexico is seeking the extradition to Israel of another key figure in the investigation into the students’ disappearances.

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