Commando kidnaps 10 members of one family in Mexico

Other News Materials 23 September 2008 23:46 (UTC +04:00)

An armed commando kidnapped 10 members of one family in a rural area of the Mexican state of Michoacan, in western Mexico, early Tuesday, according to media reports.

Michoacan, the native state of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, is among the most troubled by drug violence in Mexico. Last week, an attack on a crowded public celebration of Mexican independence left eight people dead and some 130 injured in the state capital, Morelia, dpa reported.

Early Tuesday, armed attackers arrived in the community Las Ordenitas and took the victims from two houses, according to police sources cited by Mexican media.

Such kidnappings with no ransom demands are a relatively common form of drug-related vendettas in violence-plagued Mexico, and they generally end in the deaths of the kidnapped.

It was not immediately known whether there were women and children among those abducted.

According to the Quadratin news agency in Michoacan, the commando took members of the families headed by two brothers. Blood stains and shells of AK-47 and AR-15 rifles were reportedly found at one of the homes.

The Mexican government has thousands of military and police officers deployed in Michoacan since late 2006, in an effort to curb the activities of organized crime.