Mexico forms police unit to find missing

Medical personnel remove the body of a victim killed in drug violence in Monterrey, Mexico. (file photo)

Mexico has established a special investigative unit to track down thousands of people who have gone missing amid a brutal drug war in the Latin American country.

“We want to use all instruments and resources at our disposal on this issue,” Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said at a news conference in Mexico City on Monday.

“We know you have been dissatisfied for a long time,” he said.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the unit will include 12 federal investigators and a group of federal police agents as support.

He noted that the unit will be part of the Attorney General’s office.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexicoâ„¢s drug cartels in December 2006.

Current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to reduce the crime rate as he continues the campaign against the drug cartels.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV