7 kidnapped triathletes freed in Mexico

Seven triathletes​, ​kidnapped while training in Mexico City​,​ have been released.

A spokesperson for the National Security Commission said on Saturday, amid reports of a ransom payment.

The Director of the Police Anti-abduction Unit, Renato Heredia, made this known to journalists in Mexico.

“The four women and three men were freed after negotiations over an unspecified ransom were successful,” he said.

“Another man captured at the same time managed to escape and contact police,” Mr. Heredia said.

He said the group was seized on Thursday in a wood in Ajusco, a southern part of the Mexican capital, after completing a training session on their bicycles.

Reports says criminal gangs were active in the mountainous region adjoining the State of Mexico.

Among the triathletes was Fabiola Corona, who participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

(dpa/NAN)

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