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INM releases official statement on kidnapping of 7 Cancun agents

Cancun, Q.R. — The Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) has released an official statement regarding the kidnapping of seven agents. A day after the three women and four men were rescued, the INM released a statement.

“The National Migration Institute (INM) condemns the threats of criminals, who through a criminal association kidnapped seven federal agents of the INM (three women and four men) in the Siete Reyes neighborhood, municipality of Benito Juárez, Quintana Roo.

“The events occurred 7 kilometers from the Cancun International Airport where the criminals used several vehicles to encapsulate and crash the unit in which the INM elements were traveling.

“When they were brought down, the officials were subdued with firearms, beaten and taken to a safe house.

“Once the fact was known, the red alert was lifted and the search and location began.

“Thanks to a joint operation of federal security forces, as well as state and municipal corporations, the site was located. Upon arrival they were repelled with gun attacks.

“Fortunately, the seven federal immigration agents were rescued. They declared having received death threats and being warned to stop carrying out operations against irregular migration that transits through the state of Quintana Roo and head to states in the north of the country.

“Once released, the public servants appeared before the ministerial authorities to report the facts, with which an investigation was opened and the corresponding investigations began.

“The INM appreciates the joint operation organized by federal, state and municipal forces to rescue the AFM. The INM will continue working to carry out safe, orderly and regular migration in accordance with the law.”

The seven INM officers were found alive after their vehicle was hijacked leaving the Cancun airport early Thursday morning. They were reported missing by the INM central office in Cancun when they failed to arrive after finishing a late shift at the Cancun International Airport.