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article imageMexican army frees dozens of kidnapped immigrants

By John Sevigny     Apr 22, 2014 in World
Ciudad Victoria - Soldiers freed 60 immigrants of various nationalities who were being held in a warehouse in Northeastern Mexico by an organized crime group, according to the news agency Proceso.
The weekend operation took place in Diaz Ordaz, a small town near Ciudad Victoria, capital of the drug- and violence-plagued state of Tamaulipas, on Mexico's gulf coast on the border with Texas. the news organization reported.
One member of the crime organization, which was not named in the report, and two alleged accomplices were detained.
Also netted in the operation were three rifles, seven grenades, a grenade launcher, ammunition and 14 vehicles.
The nationalities of the immigrants were not revealed but Mexico is a geographically unavoidable crossing point for some 140,000 US-bound Central American immigrants every year, according to the newspaper La Jornada, which also reported on the operation.
Tamaulipas has become notorious for deadly violence against immigrants.
In 2010, 72 migrants were kidnapped by organized crime operatives and massacred on a ranch in the State. In 2011, the bodies of 200 peopls - a number of them immigrants from Central and South America were found in a cluster of mass graves in the same region, according to NPR.
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