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Ecuador: Tourists Mistaken for Rival Gang Members, Abducted and Killed

Ecuador: Tourists Mistaken for Rival Gang Members, Abducted and Killed

In a devastating turn of events, Ecuadoran authorities reported the abduction, interrogation, and murder of five tourists over the weekend, all of whom were mistakenly believed to be associated with a rival drug gang.
According to officials, approximately 20 assailants stormed a hotel in the coastal town of Ayampe on Friday, seizing six adults and a child.
Richard Vaca, the local police commander, recounted that the abducted tourists, all of Ecuadoran nationality, were subjected to interrogation before their bodies were discovered hours later, bearing gunshot wounds, on a nearby road.
Vaca indicated that the attackers appeared to have misidentified the victims as members of a competing drug faction. President Daniel Noboa confirmed that one individual has been apprehended thus far, with efforts underway to locate and detain the remaining perpetrators.
This incident underscores the escalating challenges faced by Ecuador, once regarded as a bastion of tranquility in Latin America.
The country has been thrust into turmoil by the proliferation of transnational cartels exploiting its ports for drug trafficking operations destined for the United States and Europe.
In response to a surge in violence following the escape of a notorious gang leader from prison, President Noboa declared a state of emergency in January, declaring a “war” against criminal organizations operating within Ecuadoran borders.SOURCE: Ecuador: Tourists Mistaken for Rival Gang Members, Abducted and Killed BY: eTurboNews | eTN  

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