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Mexico police rescue 81 migrants held near border

July 18, 2013

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal and state police have rescued 81 migrants who had apparently been kidnapped and held in a house on the border with Texas.

Tamaulipas state authorities said in a statement Wednesday that 39 migrants are from Honduras, 38 from Guatemala, three from EL Salvador and one from Mexico.

The statement says federal and state agents rescued the migrants from a two-story home in Reynosa, which is across the border from McAllen, Texas.

Authorities say an anonymous call led police to the house. No arrests were made.

Abductions of migrants are common in northeastern Mexico, an area controlled by the Zetas and the Gulf drug cartels. In 2010, the Zetas were blamed for the mass slaying of 72 migrants in northern Mexico.

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