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Mexican police rescue 42 people who were victims of mass kidnappings

Police and military forces are still maintaining an intense operation to locate the remaining 24 kidnapping victims

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March 24, 2024 11:41am

Updated: March 25, 2024 10:26am

A total of 24 adults and 18 children were rescued this Saturday by police and armed forces after being detained for several hours by criminal groups in northwest Mexico.

The governor of Sinaloa, Rubén Rocha, announced on his X social network account, formerly known as Twitter, that the number of people released rose to 42 of a total of 66 kidnapped.

Rocha indicated that the authorities are still maintaining an intense operation, in which police and military forces are collaborating to locate the remaining 24 people.

The mass kidnapping occurred on Friday in different areas of the La Noria region, on the outskirts of the capital of Sinaloa, Culiacán. Members of criminal groups took at least three families hostage, said state Public Security Secretary Gerardo Mérida.

Federal authorities sent two battalions made up of 600 elements to Sinaloa to search for the missing. Another 300 soldiers and a National Guard battalion are also operating in the area.

It has not yet been reported who the perpetrators of the kidnappings are or if arrests have already been made.

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

Culiacán and other cities in the state have been the scene of violent incidents in recent years, with murders at the hands of members of the Sinaloa cartel.

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Marielbis Rojas

Marielbis Rojas is a Venezuelan journalist and communications professional with a degree in Social Communication from UCAB. She is a news reporter for ADN America.