Mexico Investigates Kidnapping of Immigrants in Veracruz

Mexico City, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The search for immigrants kidnapped in Medias Aguas, Veracruz, continues, the Attorney General”s Office said in a press release on Tuesday.

According to spokesman Ricardo Najera, since Monday authorities have been investigating the kidnapping of up to 100 undocumented Central American immigrants, mostly Guatemalan, by members of the Los Zetas gang.

The inquiries over the whereabouts of travellers kidnapped on June 24 began in the states of Oaxaca and Veracruz, following the same route of the so-called Death Train, on which they were travelling.

According to witnesses, 10 heavily-armed gunmen boarded a train of about 250 passengers, and forced the undocumented immigrants to leave with them.

Other immigrants who evaded the kidnapping said 80 to 100 people, including children, were taken by the gunmen.

Survivors of the event insisted on searching for the kidnap victims, because it is well-known that undocumented immigrants are subject to abuse and violence during their journey through Mexico to the U.S. border.

In addition the National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) joined the investigation into this latest case of missing immigrants in Mexican territory.

The humanitarian organization demanded that authorities immediately find the victims, clear up the events, and punish the perpetrators.

In 2010, the NCHR in Mexico registered 214 cases of mass kidnappings of immigrants, for a total of 11,333 victims.

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