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Mexican Police Investigate Kidnapping of 11 From Bar

Mexican authorities are investigating the kidnapping of 11 young people from a Mexico City bar, just 20 days after the grandson of civil rights leader Malcolm X was beaten to death at a nightclub in the capital

Relatives say the incident took place Sunday at an after-hours club near the U.S. embassy, along the busy Reforma Avenue in the Zona Rosa district.

According Mexican media, the group's relatives said the bar managers told customers to leave at around 10 am on Sunday because a police operation was about to take place. Once in the street, armed men forced the young people to climb inside three sport-utility vehicles that appeared to have police insignia. The newspaper said a minor and four women were among the people who disappeared.

The disappearances sparked a wave of outrage, with family members blocking a major avenue to demand authorities investigate. The city prosecutor's office said Thursday only five missing-person reports had been filed.

Mexico has been plagued by kidnappings in recent years, with official figures showing 1,043 cases between January and October 2012, although experts say the numbers are likely much higher. At least 53 kidnappings were reported in the capital during that period.

Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, died May 9 in a dispute over a bar bill outside a central Mexico City mariachi club.

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