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Mexico | Of the 66 abducted in Culiacan, 58 were released

Mexico |  Of the 66 abducted in Culiacan, 58 were released

(Mexico) Mexican authorities announced on Sunday that 58 of the 66 people abducted Friday in the city of Culiacan in Sinaloa state (northwest) have been found.

“Today, sixteen more people returned home, twelve adults and four minors, a total of 58 people were found,” Gerardo Merida, Secretary of Public Security of Sinaloa State, said in X.

Earlier in the day, the local government announced that 42 people had been found.

“We are working to trace or determine the fate of eight people who are still missing,” he said.

Since Friday, Sinaloa authorities have been investigating the joint kidnapping in a popular neighborhood in Culiacan.

The local government has not indicated a motive for the abductions and no arrests have been made.

On Friday, armed hijackers, dressed in black, arrived in vans and fired guns into the sky, according to a statement from the State Security Secretariat, which AFP had access to.

Local media reported that the abductees belonged to seven families.

The incident occurred a day after three people were killed during armed clashes in the hometown of Batiraguado (Northwest), the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who is serving a prison sentence. States for drug trafficking and money laundering.

With more than 450,000 murders and 100,000 disappearances since a militarized crackdown on drug traffickers began in 2006, Mexico is one of the world's most violent countries.

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