Mexican Security Forces Rescue 23 People Held by Kidnappers in Caves

Mexican Security Forces Rescue 23 People Held by Kidnappers in Caves
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23 January 2015
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Federal Police and military personnel apprehended 16 captors in the rescue operation near the town of Arcelia. The 16 suspects were turned over to the organized-crime unit of the AG's office, the source said, adding that the captives included adult men and women and four teenage girls.

One of the suspects was wounded in a confrontation with the soldiers and police, according to media accounts. Four shotguns, three rifles and ammunition were confiscated at the scene.

The rescue took place about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Iguala, Guerrero, where 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college were abducted by police the night of September 26th.

Mexican authorities say corrupt municipal police handed over the students to drug-cartel enforcers who killed the young people and then incinerated them at a dump.

So far, however, forensic tests on remains purportedly recovered from a river near the dump have revealed a match with only one of the 43 Ayotzinapa students.

Edited by Ivan Martínez

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