Mexico Investigates Disappearance of Three Italians

Mexican authorities are investigating

the disappearance of three Italian men in the western state of Jalisco.

Vicenzo Cimmino, Raffaele Russo and Antonio Russo, all from

Naples, were last seen on New Year’s Eve in the Tecalitlan municipality.

Some reports say the Italians went missing after being detained

by police at a petrol station.

Italian diplomats are helping the investigation, the Mexican

authorities say.

Last weekend, family members and friends of the missing men

marched on the streets of Naples, demanding answers from the

Mexican government about what had happened to their loved ones.

Last year was Mexico’s most violent year on record, with more

than 25,000 murders.

Organised crime – and feuding drug cartels in particular –

accounts for nearly three-quarters of those deaths, officials say.

The US State Department in its most recent advisory urges

travellers to reconsider going to Jalisco, warning that “violent crime and

gang activity are common in parts of Jalisco state,” the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency