Mexico City, Dec 2 (EFE) .- The Mexican authorities recaptured three of the nine inmates who escaped in the last hours from a prison in the municipality of Tula after an armed attack, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported on Thursday .
“The investigation is already being carried out. Three out of nine of the fugitives have already been arrested,” the president explained at his morning press conference at the National Palace.
He assured that he had “completely identified” those who participated in the escape and detailed that all of them had a “criminal record.”
An armed group broke into a prison in Tula, in the central state of Hidalgo, on Wednesday and freed nine inmates who were in custody.
“Early this Wednesday, a group of armed people broke into the compound aboard vehicles, threatening prison security personnel,” the Hidalgo Public Security Secretariat reported in a statement on Wednesday.
The authority pointed out that during the “incident” the “escape of nine people who were in detention” was recorded.
That is why he indicated that the Hidalgo Security Secretariat, along with other institutions such as the National Guard and the state prosecutor’s office, had already “deployed an operation” to find the fugitives.
“In the actions there have been clashes, resulting in injuries, so far, two agents who are already receiving medical attention,” said the agency.
The escaped inmates would be part of a criminal group – called Pueblos Unidos – dedicated to the illegal theft of hydrocarbons – an activity known as huachicoleo in Mexico – in addition to kidnapping and extortion.