U.S. border guards have detained 14 Mexican soldiers after crossing the border into the United States illegally. However, they were released a few hours after the arrest. They were detained at midnight on Saturday (September 25) local time.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that CBP officials were on duty near the international border crossing in El Paso at night. Shortly after midnight, they saw two Mexican military vehicles enter. Military vehicles crossed two international borders and entered the United States.
The CBP further said that after the arrest, the CBP soldiers took the weapons and equipment of the Mexican army for safety. Top Mexican officials later contacted them and rushed to the scene.
However, the detained Mexican soldiers said they did not understand that they had entered the United States.
The United States has not made any allegations against 13 of the 14 soldiers detained since the arrests, according to Reuters. However, a Mexican soldier was fined for possessing marijuana for personal use.
The CBP also said that 14 Mexican soldiers, their weapons and military equipment, and vehicles were sent back to the country before 5 am after being detained for several hours. However, the Mexican Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond.
An eyewitness said that the movement at the border was stopped for two hours after the incident. The eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on condition of anonymity, said members of the U.S. Border Security Force shouted at Mexican troops to lower their weapons and raise their hands.
Citing photos and eyewitnesses, Reuters added that U.S. troops searched Mexican troops’ vehicles and lined up. It is believed that they were handcuffed at that time.https://bbin-csdn.com