Two Guatemalan migrants who were trying to enter the United States in Ciudad Juarez (northern Mexico) were killed by shootings suspected of being carried out by Mexican soldiers, local authorities announced.
The incident occurred late Monday while the undocumented migrants were traveling in a van near the border, the prosecutor’s office in the Mexican state of Chihuahua said Tuesday.
The two men killed are aged 27 and 45 and four other Guatemalan migrants were injured, deputy prosecutor Carlos Manuel Salas said at a press conference.
According to the survivors’ account, they were traveling in a van with several other migrants “when they were attacked, they did not stop, shots were fired”, presumed to come from the alongside the military, he explained.
The weapons of four soldiers were delivered by the Ministry of Defense to investigators who are continuing their research into information indicating probable participation in the events.
The van, driven by a smuggler, fled with four women on board who were unharmed.
A report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released on September 12 found that the US-Mexico border was the “most dangerous land migration route in the world” in 2022, with 686 deaths or missing persons recorded.
The Mexican government has admitted to being overwhelmed by the number of migrants wanting to cross to the United States.
The US Border Patrol officially recorded 1.8 million migrant crossings at its southern border between October 2022 and August 2023. A record number of 233,000 people crossed the US southern border in August.