Gunmen kidnap 20 foreigners in central Mexico, officials say

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Gunmen kidnap 20 foreigners in central Mexico, officials say

A police patrol car is parked outside the Sol y Luna hotel after gunmen kidnapped the hotel and stormed some 20 foreigners thought to be mostly from Haiti and Venezuela, according to the state's attorney general office, in San Luis Potosi State, Mexico, September 14, 2021. MEXICO CITY, Sept 14 : Sources: A gunmen kidnapped a hotel in central San Luis Potosi state of Mexico on Tuesday and stormed some 20 foreigners believed to be mostly from Haiti and Venezuela, the state's attorney general's office said.

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

With a statement, the attorney general of the state, Arturo Garza Herrera, has admitted that they are trying to find their identities.

The authorities have launched an investigation and are trying to rescue the guests, Garza added.

The statement did not clarify if the kidnapped Haitians and Venezuelans were migrants headed to the United States.

Many migrants face extreme dangers on their route to the United States, with kidnappings, extortion, rape and even murders reported. Some migrants are also led 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 because of a U.S. border policy have been kidnapped, raped, trafficked or assaulted.