Mexico Police Rescue 73 Migrants Held Near Border

MEXICO CITY October 1, 2013 (AP)

Mexican federal and state police have rescued 73 kidnapped migrants being held in a house on the border with Texas.

The Immigration Institute says in a statement Monday that 17 migrants are from Honduras, 13 from Guatemala and three from EL Salvador. The other 40 are from Mexico.

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

The agency says some of Central American migrants had been held for more than three months after being kidnapped at the Reynosa bus station.

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 the north.