Mexico frees 25 mass kidnapping victims in Cancun

2019-07-04 12:13
Policemen guard the offices of the local attorney after 25 kidnapped people were rescued in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico on July 3, 2019.
(ELIZABETH RUIZ / AFP)

Policemen guard the offices of the local attorney after 25 kidnapped people were rescued in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico on July 3, 2019. (ELIZABETH RUIZ / AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mexican authorities said they freed 25 people on Wednesday who were kidnapped from a call centre in the resort city of Cancun in a suspected dispute between two partners who own the business.

"Twenty-five people who were abducted were rescued in good health," the police chief for the state of Quintana Roo, Alberto Capella, wrote on Twitter.

Authorities said the kidnappers arrived at the call centre in two vans on Tuesday evening and abducted the victims en masse, apparently without the use of force.

Preliminary investigations indicate the kidnapping may have been related to a dispute between two co-owners of the business, one of whom is accused of mistreating employees and failing to pay them, officials said.

The call centre, which is not located near the popular beach town's hotel district, specialises in selling vacation services.

Together with nearby Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Cancun draws millions of tourists each year with turquoise water and white sand beaches.

The region has seen an increase in violent crime in the past two years, largely linked to turf wars between rival drug gangs.

Read more on:    mexico
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.