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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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.
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.