The Mexican National Guard confirms that the shots were fired at a vehicle carrying migrants in self-defense

The National Guard of Mexico has confirmed that some of their troops shot at a vehicle carrying migrants on Sunday evening, killing one and injuring three others.

According to the agency, it all came about when the Chiapas regional coordination officers identified three vehicles that were maneuvering to bypass the civil security post, for which they notified the National Guard to find them, the local newspaper La Jornada collects.

The agents finally found a truck, which they stopped, but the driver disregarded the officers’ instructions and “tried to attack elements of the National Guard”.

The Mexican National Guard confirms that the shots were fired at a vehicle carrying migrants in self-defense
The Mexican National Guard confirms that the shots were fired at a vehicle carrying migrants in self-defense

“Given the driver’s reaction and the imminent threat to their safety, they activated their weapons to stop the vehicle and stopped the march about 50 meters later,” said the security forces.

Three injured and one dead were found in the vehicle, and the rest of the inmates who tried to escape were arrested. In turn, the driver of the truck was made available to the Mexican public prosecutor’s office.

For their part, the members of the National Guard involved in the incident as well as their weapons and equipment were made available to the authorities to investigate the matter.

At the request of the Pueblos Unidos Migrantes (PUM) organization, the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) has launched an investigation into the response of National Guard agents to the case.

The CNDH said that in light of the events reported, “a doctor and assistant visitors from the agency were on site to check the health of the wounded and provide them with the necessary assistance.”

At the same time, the agency took the appropriate “steps” before the Chiapas Prosecutor General to move forward with the investigation process.

After the complaint was filed, the CNDH sent requests for information to both the National Guard, the National Migration Institute and the Prosecutor General of Chiapas to clarify the incident.

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