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Mexican troops free 60 migrants

21 april 2014, 10:16
©Reuters/Secretaria de Gobernacion
©Reuters/Secretaria de Gobernacion

Mexican troops Sunday released a group of 60 migrants trying to reach the United States who were being held captive in a home in northern Mexico, AFP reports according to authorities.

"Troops rescued 60 migrants who were being held against their will," in Tamaulipas state near the US border, a group of local officials said in a statement.

Police rescued the large group in the town of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz on an anonymous tip; they said three people were arrested and weapons were seized in the operation.

The migrants were from several countries, but officials did not immediately identify them. Most of the roughly 140,000 migrants who try to enter the United States illegally each year through Mexico are from Central American nations.

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