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165 rescued from house near US-Mexico border

165 rescued: Mexican troops rescued 165 people held captive near the US border. Drug cartels have begun capturing would-be migrants for extortion or to used to carry drugs into the US.

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The house where 165 migrants, mostly Central Americans, were rescued from in Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. They were kidnapped by a gunman in Mexico's northeast and held captive less than a mile from the U.S. border, the government said on Thursday.

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Mexican troops have rescued 165 people, mostly Central Americans including children and pregnant women, who were kidnapped by a gunman in Mexico's northeast and held captive less than a mile from the U.S. border, the government said on Thursday.

The group of would-be immigrants, primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, had hoped to cross into the United States from the volatile northern state of Tamaulipas.

They were captured in batches near the border two to three weeks ago and held in a house in the municipality of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz.

There was also an Indian national among the group.

 
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