Gunmen abducted a group of people from a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta at around 01:00 on Monday morning. Local authorities have stated those kidnapped were not tourists or local people who work in ‘legal activities’, suggesting instead they were part of a cartel and were targeting due to gang-rivalries.

We will be discussing abductions in Mexico in this month’s #KRQA on Wednesday 31st August – more details coming soon.

From Reuters

Gunmen abduct suspected gang members from Mexico resort town: official

Eight armed men abducted “six or seven” suspected members of the Sinaloa drug cartel from a restaurant in the heart of Mexico’s Pacific tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta early on Monday morning, the state attorney general said.

Local authorities say the victims were seized around 1 a.m. CDT (0600 GMT) on Monday from a restaurant in the resort town.

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From CBC News

Puerto Vallarta restaurant abduction tied to gang dispute, officials say

Jalisco state prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer said at a news conference that preliminary results of the investigation indicated that all involved — kidnappers and kidnapped — were members of criminal organizations.

“They were not tourists or residents who work in legal activities,” Almaguer said. “They were people tied to a criminal group we can very clearly presume.”

He said authorities believe they know which groups were involved, but declined to name them.

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From the LA Times

Wary of losing tourists, Mexico says mass abduction in Puerto Vallarta was likely a gang-on-gang crime

The white-sand beaches in and around Puerto Vallarta have long been a popular destination for tourists. A number of U.S. airlines fly directly to the city’s international airport, daily disgorging beach-bound visitors in shorts and flip-flops.

International resorts and condominium complexes catering to foreign tourists and wealthy Mexicans dot the coast near Puerto Vallarta. Many coastal areas are accessible only to resort-goers.

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