A gang in northern Mexico has kidnapped approximately 50 migrants who were travelling north towards the US border on a bus from the southern state of Chiapas. The National Guard Troops were searching for the missing migrants in and around the northern city of Matehuala, according to Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Although reports initially indicated that 50 individuals were taken, nine of the victims, including six men and three women from Venezuela and Honduras, were located on Tuesday near a highway in the state of Nuevo Leon. They were found wandering in a rural area and seeking assistance.
The state police department did not specify whether they escaped or were freed. López Obrador stated that authorities hope to find and rescue the remaining victims. This latest mass abduction is one of several that have occurred in the region.