6 bull riders, 2 companions reported kidnapped in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) " Prosecutors in Mexico say six bull riders and two companions have been reported kidnapped in the southern state of Guerrero.

The six riders participate in a rodeo-style performance called "jaripeo," which involves riding bulls.

They reportedly were travelling in a van accompanied by a woman and a driver. They set out from the neighboring state of Morelos on Feb. 17 heading for an event in Totolapan, a lawless corner of Guerrero.

The Guerrero state prosecutors' office said Sunday that a relative received a phone call Feb. 19 demanding a 3,000-peso ($150) ransom for the release of one of the victims. The office says authorities are investigating.

Drugs gangs operate in the area, which is one of the country's main opium-producing regions.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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