October 2nd, 2010
09:00 PM ET

Armed gang abducts busload of tourists in Mexico

A policeman stands guard in street where Mexican tourists were kidnapped Thursday.

Gunmen have abducted a busload of tourists in Acapulco, Mexico, a spokesman for the Guerrero State attorney general's office told CNN on
Saturday.

The 22 people were captured by an armed gang Friday night. All those aboard the bus were Mexican nationals from the neighboring state of Michoacan.

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  1. Apparatus

    Hey guys, I guess we should just let criminals continue to sell drugs. I guess we should let them get all the revenue. I guess we should let them dictate prices. I guess we should let them dictate quality. I guess we should let them dictate who buys it (they don't ask for ID, you know). I guess we should let them continue to gut countries like Colombia, and because of our efforts in Colombia, now Mexico. I wonder what entire country is next.

    Al Capone was the greatest teacher the 1920s had to offer. Too bad his lessons fell on clearly deaf ears.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. keeping it real

    I am never surprised by the amount of stupid people in this country. Read the comments for every cnn.com story and you will realize how many idiots there are.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Totally agree. Get a passport and check out the world.

      October 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mexsuz

      As the great Mark Twain said, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. "

      October 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      Which is strange because you'd think the wealthiest country in the world would have the most people traveling abroad, roaming around the world.

      October 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oscar

    Dear North-americans citizens, the only way to stop drug cartel terrorism in MexĂ­co is stoping your U.S. citizen massive drug comsumption, and stop exporting guns and AK45 to Mexico, you have the corresponsability with MĂ©xico because you aree the big consumers.

    90% of illegal weapons in Mexico, becomes from the U.S.A. and Mexicans law prohibites to other countries to exports weapons to MĂ©xico.

    you are pretty much responsible

    P.D. Arizona California and Texas in 1852 was Mexico , you must be carefull with your coments, and if you come vacations in Mexico "cancun, cabo san Lucas, Guadalajara , Morelia, Chiapas, you must talk Spanish "ESPAĂ‘OL" as the same way when we visit the US we speak English.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      As a US citizen living 10 years now in Monterrey, Mexico, I absolutely agree with your post Oscar. It is not a Mexico problem, it is a drug problem. It just so happens that since the Mexican government actually stood up to the drug cartels, the drug problem is no longer under the table, it is in our faces and we are all suffering the consequences.! But the drugs are still being consumed in Mexico, the US, and Canada... the difference being that the US, and Canada, or any other of these neighboring countries have not gone to war with the cartels.

      The only way this problem will be solved is the countries working together because it is a joint problem. Mexico is trying to do their part, when will the other regional governments step up to do their part as well?

      October 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BLUEBLOOD

      You my friend are an idiot, an AK-47 Not 45 are a Russian made weapon not a U.S. weapon. Why and how would we supply another country with a rifle made in Russia. Bring all the troops home and protect America. Let everyone see how much better their countries are without American to solve their problems. Then Bin Laden wont hate us anymore.

      October 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      "you must talk Spanish "ESPAĂ‘OL" as the same way when we visit the US we speak English."
      That's actually quite funny. Personally I haven't heard to much English from anyone since all you have to do is "Press 2"

      October 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Oscar

    and you must use our currency, the big Mexican "PESO"

    October 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ana

    CANADA, High five!!!
    And not to mention all the woman and girls being tortured and killed as a result of the NAFTA treaty with America that opened hundreds of tech factories in Mexico to save money on cheap Mexican labor ($5.00 a week) Thousands of girls from all over Mexico thought they were going to make real American money, but live in shacks and are preyed on by pedophiles, saddists, psychos. It's happening daily and nobody in America cares.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      So you hate Americans and NAFTA? Are you working to have NAFTA repealed and requesting that your countrymen stop stealing jobs and benefits from Americans? Otherwise, you're just part of the problem if things are as you describe them.

      October 2, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Flag Man

    As far as Mexico is concerned, it is way past time that they take care of their own problems. Mexicans are basically good hard working people, but as long as economic woes linger for centuries, nobody wants to be paid in Pasos! There civilazation is much older than ours–are they still out to lunch?

    October 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    I think that America's involvement should be that we stop buying cocaine, heroin, meth and schwag weed from Mexican Narcos. If we had the guts to face the ugly demand for drugs here in the States then perhaps our crime rates would drop as inevitably would Mexicos. If you use cocaine, heroin or meth, what is the matter with you? You are going to be a slave to those substances and you are going to make your life and your loved ones lives a living hell. If you are smoking Mexican schwag weed then you are certainly lacking in discernment. Get some decent seeds, grow your own in your closet and quit sending money south of the border to Narcoterrorists.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      So wise. I absolutely agree.

      October 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katherine

      Bob, you are a sage.

      Maybe if the DEA spent less time and money busting folks for marijuana (only 20% comes from across the Mexican border), like dragging Mark Emery here from Canada for selling seeds, they might actually make some headway with the Meth/Coke/Heroin problems in this country.

      October 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Grunt

    A bus load of Mexican Nationals, gets attacked by Mexican gangs, and someone says US should get involved? This is not our problem. Not yet......

    October 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oscar

      Yes, you are responsably because in these case, the asault and kidnap has maden with illegal weapons exported to mexico by the legal US GUNS SHOPS, and with your drug consuption your are financing the drug cartels and these activities.

      October 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. O' Reilley

    There can be no doubt that America needs to get involved in this matter now! After all, it is for our neighbors to the South who are right close to us. A very good reason these thugs need to be reckoned with is the danger they pose so close to the U.S. border with drug smugglers and dealers principally. Anytime we have these kidnapping, murdering thugs amid us and that close to us, we absolutely need to get involved.

    Mexico, together with the ardent help of the U.S.A., could help nip this problem in the butt if enough attention was being paid to it. After all, we could be saving many of our own American lives in the process. As it stands, few want to go into Mexico these days because of the dangerous cartels and those who are involved with that. But with U.S. presence in the area (like in other foreign countries), I believe it would certainly get things moving and even scare off those who would put our citizens as well as Mexicans in harm's way. Therefore, just like Border Patrols are now just feet away from the Mexican side helping the situation out, a goodwill agreement with the Mexican President where the U.S. could enter Mexico and help take care of this ever-growing crisis is what is sorely needed now! That would teach a great lesson to those who think they can take lives, deal drugs, and not have to worry about the consequences. We would then be able to return to Mexico once these people have been caught and arrested or eliminated and would feel much better about the situation at that point.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • K9chef

      Your comment has got to be a joke, right? You can't really think that the answer to the Mexican drug problem is to send U.S. troops into Mexico, can you? Think for a second how the rest of the world will view this little adventure. We're still in Iraq, Afganistan, and now Mexico?

      October 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carol

    "Bill (2:38pm) writes: "When is America going to get involved in this genocide happening in Mexico? Or is the American government going to wait until after there is American interests and money to be gained?"

    You have an army of estimated 5 million illegal immigrants here in California alone, of which 75% has been determed to come from Mexico, so can you not ask and have your native countrymen go and help save their own people????

    October 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dreaded 1

    I read the story but seemed to have missed the part where America was asked for help ????? Mind your own business for once.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Who is to mind their own business? America? you? the Mexican government? YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOOO CONFUSED!

      October 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carol

    To Dreaded 1.............JUST GIVE THEM TIME AND THEY WILL!

    October 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. carol

    Wellsaid, Bill!

    October 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FedUpRican

    Never going to Mexico again

    October 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. A. Lincoln

    AMY, I like that....a "JOINT" problem. Well said.....too expensive and not enough to go around.

    October 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
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