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Two missing Mexican intelligence agents probably held captive by drug cartel

February 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two missing Mexican intelligence agents probably held captive by drug cartel

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A shocking video shows two kneeling, bound Mexican intelligence agents admitting to supposed human rights violations while surrounded by five masked men pointing pistols and assault rifles at them.

A federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity revealed on Monday that the two men in the footage are reportedly the two agents of the federal Attorney General’s Office who disappeared on February 5th in the Mexican state of Nayarit.

The gunmen exhibited no identifying factor on their clothes, but the Jalisco New Generation Cartel dominates Nayarit.

According to The Guardian, one of the two men reads from a seemingly prepared script in which he claims that agents and military officials carried out acts of rape, torture, and theft.

It was not clear what rank the two had, but the gunmen apparently believed that they were undercover agents, because the script included the line “understand the fact that because we dress up as normal doesn’t mean they don’t know who we are.”

However, the Attorney General’s Office indicated that the two missing agents had been off duty and were at a family event in Nayarit when they went missing.

It said the two were working with the Criminal Investigation Agency, a type of federal investigators’ bureau.

The video published over the weekend on social media was chilling in part because while corrupt local police have been recorded “confessing” and being killed on video in the past, it has rarely occurred to federal agents.

In one of the few similar incidents that took place in 2004, two agents of the Federal Preventative Police were tortured, soaked with paint thinner and burned to death by a furious group on the southern outskirts of Mexico City.

Those agents were snapping pictures of an elementary school as part of an operation against drug dealing when residence became worried that the men might be kidnappers and attacked them.

The Jalisco cartel, Mexico’s fastest-burgeoning gang, has been known both for its violence and its willingness to attack federal authorities and even the military.

In 2015, armed Jalisco cartel members shot down an army helicopter with a rocket launcher, killing ten soldiers.

The Attorney General’s Office said no efforts would be spared to locate the two agents.

In the script, the captured agents stated: “They (the captors) have respected us as authorities, because they decided to do so, not because they couldn’t harm us.”

The gang seemed to claim that it would capture additional agents; the script continued “this will continue to all of our colleagues from other agencies who do the same thing: steal, kidnap and rape hiding behind a government badge.”

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