Mexican authorities rescue 22 foreigners kidnapped in a hotel

Updated: September 15th, 2021 06:05 PM IST

Mexican authorities rescue 22 foreigners kidnapped in a hotel

Mexican authorities rescue 22 foreigners kidnapped in a 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) - Mexican authorities rescued on Tuesday 22 foreigners, most of them Cuban and Haitian, who were earlier in the day kidnapped when gunmen stormed a hotel in the central state of San Luis Potosi, the regions attorney general said.

The gunmen also kidnapped 16 Mexicans when they ransacked the Sol y Luna hotel in Matehuala, about 195 km (120 miles) north of the city of San Luis Potosi, the regional capital.

The Mexicans were released earlier but the foreign nationals had to be rescued in a remote area by the road between Matehuala and the regional capital, Arturo Garza Herrera, the attorney general of the state, said in a statement.

The foreigners were due to be transferred to the city of San Luis Potosi to be fed and to get medical help. Garzas office did not give any details of the rescue or say if any of the foreigners were injured.

While most of the rescued foreigners were Haitians and Cubans, earlier there were reports that some Venezuelans were among them, Garzas office said in a statement. Three minors and a pregnant woman were among them.

Many migrants hoping to reach the United States face great danger on the way, with kidnappings, extortion, rape and even murders reported. Some are 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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