In southern Mexico, a bus carrying police officers and officials was stopped by a huge gang of cartel gunmen. They were placed onto a cargo truck by the assailants, who then made off without a trace.
The event happened this week in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala. At least 40 police officers were traveling on a bus when a convoy of cars containing gunmen stopped it. This event was caught on mobile phone footage by passing drivers.
The kidnapped victims were all employed by the state Citizen’s Security and Protection Secretariat, which is another name for state police, according to information made public by state officials in Chiapas. The employees’ names and jobs have not been made public by the authorities. At least 14 employees have reportedly been abducted as of right now.
Government representatives claimed to be doing several operations and trying to find a solution in a number of prepared announcements.
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According to reports, there has been a sharp increase in violence in the state of Chiapas as armed men from the Cartel Jalisco New Generation have clashed with local organizations and factions linked to the Sinaloa Cartel in a struggle for control over corridors used for human smuggling, drug production sites, and trafficking routes. Mexico’s government has not been able to eliminate the bloodshed in the area, despite repeated assertions by officials that they have done so and improved security.