An armed gang has kidnapped 22 Mexican Tourist in the resort city of Acapulco authorities report today. The prosecutor’s office said it did not know the identity of the armed men or the fate of those abducted. The motive of the kidnapping also remains unclear.
“The tourists were looking for a place to stay when they were intercepted, everyone was taken off the bus and then kidnapped,” La Journada newspaper reported, citing a witness who apparently was with the tourists.
Michoacan is the base for La Familia, a powerful drug cartel whose reach stretches to Guerrero, a major hub for drug trafficking where the beach resort of Acapulco has seen bloody violence from gangs battling over the drug trade in the past year.
Acapulco had been known across the world for its sandy beaches and relaxing atmosphere. Violence in the region increased this year after a split in the Beltran Leyva cartel, whose leadership has been hit hard by President Felipe Calderon’s drug war.
Police, are scouring the resort city and the highways leading out of it for the missing men.