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Four teachers kidnapped last week in Southern Mexico released unharmed

January 17, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Four teachers kidnapped last week in Southern Mexico released unharmed

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Four high-school teachers kidnapped last week in the Southern Mexican state of Guerrero were freed by their abductors on Friday.

According to State Attorney General Javier Olea, a convoy of cartel gunmen stormed a high school in the town of Ajuchitlan del Progreso, kidnapping the four teachers along with the school’s principle.

Olea said all four educators were released unharmed after an operation by security forces last Friday. However, the principal died after suffering from complications due to his asthma condition.

“They told the assailants that the principal suffered from asthma, but they didn’t care,” Olea said, adding that he likely died due to the effort of walking during the entire ordeal.

“Unfortunately, the kidnappers got away,” Olea said, adding the suspects intended to hold the educators captive while demanding a ransom amount of $167,000 from the victims’ families.

The kidnappers also released another 21 victims they had taken hostage last Saturday after ambushing a wedding caravan that killed three people in the neighboring town of Arcelia.

Among the prisoners, a middle-aged businessman died several days after being taken hostage near the municipalities of Salitre and San Miguelito, which is a far distance from located far from Arcelia.

Police officials also revealed that another five victims abducted in a separate incident were also freed Friday.

Authorities say the group responsible for the rash of kidnappings are believed to be a splinter group from the Familia Michoacana drug cartel called Los Tequileros,

Arcelia and Ajuchitlan del Progreso are in the Tierra Caliente, a region straddling Michoacan, Guerrero and Mexico states that have been the scene of fighting among rival drug cartels.

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