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Mexican security forces free 24 kidnapped Central American migrants

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities freed 24 Central American migrants who had been kidnapped and arrested five suspects, the Ministerial Agency of Criminal Investigation said on Wednesday.

The kidnapped migrants, 16 males and eight females including a pregnant woman, were from Honduras, El Salvador and Cuba, the agency said in a statement, adding that six of them were minors.

Four Honduran men and one woman were charged with kidnapping and criminal conspiracy.

The migrants were making their way to the United States when they were abducted in Caborca, in the northwestern Mexican state of Durango, on May 15.

Authorities were alerted by one of the abductees who had been taken to a bank to withdraw money for a ransom.

 

More than 40,000 people are recorded as missing in Mexico.

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