Bus passengers kidnapped in Mexico may be migrants

13 March 2019

Twenty-two passengers kidnapped by armed men from a bus in northern Mexico last week may be migrants, a state government official said on Monday. The gunmen had let the rest of the passengers go unharmed after intercepting the bus in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas last Thursday.

Mexican authorities have not been contacted by any family members of the missing, suggesting they may be migrants, state security spokesman Luis Alberto Rodriguez said in an interview. Rodriguez said later that following investigations, authorities had registered 22 people missing, three more than previously reported.

Mexican President said at a news conference on Tuesday that investigations were ongoing to determine what happened including whether the abduction was in fact a means to cross the border into the United States. Tamaulipas has for years suffered high levels of murders and disappearances.