Recent Posts

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Migrants in Mexico Freed from Gunmen

Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas rescued 51 undocumented Central American migrants who were being held captive by eight gunmen, the state Attorney General’s Office said Friday.

The captors were taken into custody during Thursday’s raid on a ranch outside the town of Palenque, which straddles the boundary with neighboring Tabasco state, the AG office said in a statement.

Police and army troops went to the La Victoria ranch after several dozen other migrants reported that heavily armed men boarded a freight train in the wee hours of Wednesday and kidnapped 51 people from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

It is common for U.S.-bound Central American migrants to stowaway on freight trains for part of their long journey across Mexico.

link: Latin American Herald Tribune - Mexican Authorities Rescue 51 Migrants from Gunmen


Post a Comment