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Survivor: Drug Gang Killed 72 Migrants In Northern Mexico

Thursday, 26 August 2010 07:58 AM

MEXICO CITY - A survivor of a massacre in northern Mexico told investigators that the 72 people found dead on a ranch were undocumented migrants who were kidnapped by a drug gang on their way to the U.S. border, The Washington Post reports.

Mexican authorities discovered the bodies late Tuesday about 100 miles south of Brownsville, Tex., near the town of San Fernando.

The surrounding state of Tamaulipas is the scene of a vicious struggle between rival drug mafias and Mexican forces that has left hundreds dead and important trade cities besieged by gun battles, kidnapping and extortion.

The bodies of 58 men and 14 women were discovered after Mexican marines manning a checkpoint were approached by a wounded man who said he had been held hostage and shot by gang gunmen at a nearby ranch.

The survivor, who has been hospitalized and said he was originally from Ecuador, told his story to state prosecutors, according to a report Wednesday on the Web site of the newspaper Reforma.

The witness said about 75 migrants from Central and South America were traveling together toward the Texas border when they were kidnapped by armed men, who authorities suspect may work for the paramilitary drug cartel known as the Zetas.

Read the entire story at washingtonpost.com

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