Some 50 migrants were kidnapped in the northern state of San Luis Potosí, where nearly a hundred foreigners who had also been kidnapped by criminal groups were rescued last month.
The mass kidnapping was confirmed Wednesday by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who announced during his morning conference that National Guard agents were deployed to rescue the migrants.
The Secretary of Public Security of the northern state of Nuevo León, neighboring San Luis Potosí, reported On Tuesday night, nine of the 50 migrants reported as kidnapped were located by the police..
The agency said on its Twitter account that six men and three women, from Venezuela and Honduras and aged between 18 and 35, were found missing in a rural area of Nuevo León.
López Obrador affirmed that this massive kidnapping is linked to other cases that occurred in the town of Matehuala, also in San Luis Potosí, where he admitted that organized crime gangs operate. In April, approximately 100 kidnap victims were rescued in the same region in an operation in which 20 were sought.
The ruler took the opportunity to call on migrants not to allow themselves to be manipulated by human traffickers and admitted that on their journey through Mexico “they take many risks”.
At the beginning of the month, 113 migrants of different nationalities were rescued in the northern town of San Luis Río Colorado, in the state of Sonora, following an investigation that began after the discovery of 10 Colombians who were kidnapped in that region and later released by their captors near a gas station.
The hundred migrants released were from the United States, India, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cuba, Colombia and Afghanistan. In that operation, three Mexicans and two Hondurans were arrested for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping of the migrants.
In Sonora, another 63 were also found in April. kidnapped migrantsthe majority Ecuadorians.
Last year, more than 2,100 foreigners were detained by migrant smugglers, according to figures from Mexico’s National Institute of Migration.
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