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The Federal Police arrested 26 people on kidnapping charges and freed four captives in operations carried out in three Mexican states, the Mexican National Security Commission said Tuesday.
Eleven suspected kidnappers were arrested in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, and a person kidnapped on Feb. 18 in Morelos state was freed, the commission said in a statement.
Federal Police officers arrested four people, including a Peruvian woman, and freed a captive during a raid on a house on the east side of Mexico City.
Officers seized two vehicles, 37 cell phones, clothing with police logos and other gear from the suspects, the commission said.
Five people linked to at least 10 kidnapping cases in the capital and Mexico state were arrested by the Federal Police.
Two vehicles, two firearms, 14 cell phones, documents and other items were seized from the suspects.
“Six suspected kidnappers were arrested and two victims were rescued” in the southeastern state of Tabasco, the National Security Commission said.
President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration implemented a strategy in late January for fighting kidnapping, a crime that has been rising in recent months.
A total of 1,695 kidnappings were reported in Mexico last year, up 20 percent from the 2012 level, National Public Safety System figures show.
An unknown number of kidnappings, however, are never reported in Mexico.