Government deploys 1,800 soldiers in Sinaloa after mass kidnappings

Monday 1 April, 2024
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México City.- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said last Monday that 1,800 members of the Armed Forces were deployed in the northwestern state of Sinaloa to participate in the operations that were activated after the mass kidnappings that occurred three days ago and support the search for eight people who are still missing.

López Obrador confirmed in his morning conference that of the 66 people who were kidnapped last Friday in some communities in the city of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa58 have already been released, of which 36 are adults and 22 children.

The authorities located 42 kidnapped people on Saturday and another 16 on Sunday.

The president said that operations are still maintained in Sinaloa to find the people who remain missing.

When asked about who would be behind the mass kidnappings, López Obrador ruled out that the events responded to an action against the population and said that the kidnappings occurred due to a “confrontation of gangs,” but did not offer details.

In the midst of the search operations, in which police and military agents are participating, a soldier was murdered on Sunday in Culiacán and another was injured during an armed confrontation. Three alleged criminals were arrested in that incident, the president reported.

The investigations into the mass kidnappings have been carried out in the midst of great secrecy and the authorities have so far not provided information about the possible perpetrators of the kidnappings in Culiacán, a region controlled by the powerful Cartel. Sinaloa.

The Prosecutor’s Office Sinaloa He indicated in a statement on Sunday that he opened nine investigation folders for the events that occurred between Friday and Saturday in which the disappearance of several families was reported.

The kidnappings were recorded one day after the murder of three people, who were burned and two of them had their throats slit, in the Badiraguato mountain range, in Sinaloa allegedly by members of criminal groups.

On the other hand, in the states of San Luis Potosí, Tabasco and Chiapas, in the center and south of the country, a violent day was experienced on Monday that left 13 dead in separate events.

The San Luis Potosí Prosecutor’s Office reported on Monday that five bodies were located in front of the entrance to the mayor’s office in the central town of Cárdenas.

The shot bodies of six men were found in a vacant lot in the southern municipality of Paraíso, in Tabasco, confirmed the State Prosecutor’s Office. According to local media reports, the men had their hands tied and one of the victims’ throat was slit.

In the southern state of Chiapas, a confrontation between armed groups occurred early Monday morning that left two dead and one injured and several vehicles on fire on the road, indicated the state Prosecutor’s Office. The incident took place on a section known as the “death crossroads” of the highway that connects the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state capital, with the town of Ocozocoautla.

Images of at least six vehicles shot at and set on fire in the middle of the road and a body lying on the pavement were spread on social networks.

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Source: Associated Press from El Diario on 2024-03-25 13:45:36

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