Gunmen kidnap 20 foreigners, likely from Haiti and Venezuela, from Mexico hotel

Updated: September 15th, 2021 10:05 AM IST

Gunmen kidnap 20 foreigners, likely from Haiti and Venezuela, from Mexico hotel

Gunmen kidnap 20 foreigners, likely from Haiti and Venezuela, from Mexico hotel

A police patrol car is parked outside the Sol y Luna hotel after gunmen stormed the hotel and kidnapped some 20 foreigners believed to be mostly from Haiti and Venezuela, according to states attorney general office, in Matehuala, in San Luis Potosi state, Mexico September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

MEXICO CITY, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed a hotel in Mexicos central San Luis Potosi state on Tuesday and kidnapped some 20 foreigners believed to be mostly from Haiti and Venezuela, the states attorney generals office said.

The gunmen ransacked the building and took off with the logbook of guests, making it hard to identify who was kidnapped at the Sol y Luna hotel in Matehuala, about 195 kilometers (121 miles) north of the city of San Luis Potosi, the regional capital.

Many migrants face extreme dangers on their route to the United States, with kidnappings, extortion, rape and even murders reported. Some migrants are also conscripted to work for drug cartels fighting over drug trafficking routes.

In June, a human rights group reported that some 3,300 migrants stranded in Mexico since January due to a U.S. border policy have been kidnapped, raped, trafficked or assaulted. read more

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Tuesday replaced the chief public prosecutor who had been seeking charges against him as a suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, plunging the country into a fresh political crisis.

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