Gunmen have abducted about 20 suspected migrants from a hotel in central Mexico, authorities say.
In the early hours of Tuesday, armed men stormed the Sol y Luna hotel in Matehuala.
The majority of the kidnapped men and women are thought to be from Haiti and Venezuela.
The victims are being sought by police. However, the abductors also took the hotel’s guest logbook, complicating the search.
“We’re trying to figure out who they are,” said Arturo Garza Herrera, the attorney general of San Luis Potosi.
According to the state prosecutor’s office, the kidnappers arrived in three SUVs.
“A search was immediately launched to determine what happened and to locate the whereabouts of these people,” the statement continued. According to local media, officials discovered some of the victims’ identification cards in their rooms.
Migrants who enter Mexico in the hopes of crossing into the United States face numerous dangers, ranging from rape and murder to conscription by drug cartels. Some are detained until their families pay to have them released.
In 2015, more than 100 migrants were held hostage by gang members for five weeks, before being rescued by police.
After President Joe Biden took office, promising to lift some of his predecessor Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions, the number of migrants travelling to the United States via Mexico increased.