Gov't unveils strategy to fight kidnapping in Mexico

Mexico City, Jan 28 (EFE).- The government said in a document published Tuesday in the Official Daily of the Federation that it created a new National Strategy against Kidnapping that includes the formation of an agency to coordinate efforts to fight this crime.

The National Public Safety Council's Permanent Commission for the Prevention of Crime and Citizens Participation asked the Government Secretariat to "coordinate and monitor the actions necessary to fight the crime of kidnapping."

The government's anti-kidnapping strategy will initially focus on just 10 of Mexico's 32 states.

The federal strategy will target kidnappers in Durango, Mexico, Guerrero, Michoacan, Morelos, Tabasco, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas states.

The head of the new agency was not identified, but media reports said Renato Sales, currently a high-level official in the Attorney General's Office, would be appointed to the post.

A total of 1,695 kidnappings were reported in Mexico last year, up 20 percent from the 2012 level, National Public Safety System figures show.

An unknown number of kidnappings, however, are never reported.