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51 hostages rescued in Mexican border city, government says

By the CNN Wire Staff
Images of the rescued migrant hostages, provided by the Mexican Public Security Ministry,
Images of the rescued migrant hostages, provided by the Mexican Public Security Ministry,
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Federal police rescued 51 hostages in Reynosa, Mexico
  • They rescued another 68 hostages last week
  • The area is the site of a war between rival drug cartels
RELATED TOPICS
  • Mexico

(CNN) -- Mexican federal police rescued 51 migrant hostages who were being held in northeastern Mexico, the country's public security ministry said Tuesday.

The hostages were found Monday inside a house in the city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas.

The operation followed the rescue of 68 hostages the previous week, also in Reynosa. The city is about 90 miles north of the town of San Fernando, where authorities recently uncovered 177 bodies from mass graves. Many of the bodies are believed to be those of bus passengers who were kidnapped. San Fernando is also where the bodies of 72 migrants were found last year.

Among the rescued people this week, police identified 27 Mexicans, 14 Guatemalans, two Hondurans, two Salvadorans and six Chinese.

Two people were arrested in connection with the earlier rescue, but no one was taken into custody for Monday's discovery.

The state of Tamaulipas, where Reynosa and San Fernando are located, is the site of a bloody battle between rival drug cartels. The Gulf cartel and Zetas cartel used to work together, but split more than a year ago and are now fighting for control of lucrative smuggling routes into the United States.

 
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