Mexican officers stated that to date, solely 4 of the charred our bodies had been recognized: two Mexicans with a historical past of individuals smuggling, and two migrants from Guatemala. Authorities additionally stated the burned-out truck might have been a part of a convoy of automobiles carrying migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador. The whereabouts of the remainder of the human cargo remains to be unknown.
A second charred truck additionally found on the scene belonged to one of many lifeless smugglers, in line with authorities. The Tamaulipas lawyer basic, Irving Barrios Mojica, stated the identical automobile had been on the scene of an incident in December, when police in neighboring Nuevo León state detained 66 migrants.
The truck was taken into custody by the Nationwide Migration Institute, however returned to its proprietor simply days later, authorities stated, elevating suspicions that federal authorities can also have been concerned, Ms. Sánchez stated at a brand new convention on Monday.
The mass killing has triggered a stir in Guatemala, with the nation’s international ministry on Tuesday calling on Mexican officers to resolve the case and condemning the “atrocities dedicated within the Tamaulipas bloodbath.”
Villagers within the southern municipality of San Marcos have stated they believed their family members have been among the many victims of the assault. Some instructed native media they acquired a cellphone name on Saturday, Jan. 23 from a individuals smuggler saying that each one the migrants have been lifeless.
Based on President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, his authorities has acquired 32 DNA samples from individuals who worry their family members are among the many lifeless. Two of the Guatemalans killed might have been individuals smugglers, in line with Mr. Giammattei.
“The best way the our bodies are, it’s not possible to acknowledge them, they’re completely charred,” he stated.
Maria Abi-Habib contributed reporting from Mexico Metropolis. Nic Wirtz contributed reporting from Antigua, Guatemala.