10 people abducted from Mexico restaurant in suspected gang crime

Mexican authorities were investigating the kidnapping overnight of at least 10 people from a restaurant in the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta, in an incident Monday believed to be linked to organized crime.

Jalisco state prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer told local media that five armed men arrived at La Leche restaurant after midnight Monday and forcibly abducted 10 to 12 people.

Initial investigations indicated the abduction victims were members of an organized crime group who were vacationing in the beach resort on Mexico's Pacific coast, he said.

In response to rumours that children of imprisoned Sinaloa cartel drugs boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were among those abducted, Almaguer said the kidnap victims had yet to be identified.

Jalisco state Governor Arstoteles Sandoval said security had been tightened in the area and that local authorities were working to capture those responsible.

"What happened early this morning in Puerto Vallarta can not be permitted or tolerated," he wrote on Twitter. "We will not allow them to rob us of our peace."

Last update: Tue, 16/08/2016 - 00:31

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