Monday, January 25, 2010

Seven Young Men "Levantados"

A group of gunmen kidnapped several young men in Chihuahua


Aldama, Chih - A group of gunmen abducted a number of young people between the ages of 17 and 20 years, seven of which were identified by the authorities in the Mexican city of Aldama in the northern state of Chihuahua, an official source said.

According to the local press it was eleven young people that were "levantados" (abducted), but the prosecution has identified only seven, one of which was released yesterday along with another that had not been reported as missing.

Generally the "levantados"" are taken to a "safe house" of organized crime to torture them in order to obtain a confession or to avenge a betrayal. Almost always the "levantados" are executed.

The youths were kidnapped by 15 armed men and some of them wore military clothing and were hooded. The action took place at a car wash service in Aldama, 25 miles from Chihuahua in state capital.

The hijackers were aboard three SUV's and a car.

Of the seven that have been identified two have 17 years, one 18 years (who was located just yesterday), two 19 years and two 20 years, according to a statement by the Prosecutor of Chihuahua.

The prosecution requested the collaboration of the Mexican Army and Federal Police to assist in the search and arrest of the persons responsible, as well as the location and rescue of victims.

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