Bodies of 11 Salvadorian migrants killed in Mexico return home

09:03, September 06, 2010      

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The bodies of 11 Salvadorian who were killed together with other 61 migrants on a ranch in northern Mexico arrived in El Salvador Sunday aboard a plane of the Mexican Air Force.

During the receiving ceremony, Salvadorian President Mauricio Funes said: "this is a difficult moment for the Salvadorian people, mainly for the relatives of the victims."

Funes added that a killing like this "has never seen before in the region."

The bodies were supposed to arrive on Sunday morning, but due to climate problems in Guatemala the flight was delayed. The coffins of the Salvadorians were covered with the Salvadorian national flag.

Funes also said that there was a third survivor of this massacre and he is a Salvadorian citizen.

An Ecuadorian survivor was the one who informed the Mexican authorities about the attack and the corpses were discovered later. According to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, a second survivor was a Honduran citizen.

"Now we know that a Salvadorian also survived and now he is in the United States. Fortunately he was not killed," Funes said.

However, he did not give more details about the survivor's identity, but said that the testimony of the survivors "could be a key to clarify the crime, but mainly to know who were those who did it."

On Aug. 24 a group of Central and South American migrants, attempting to cross the border with the United States, were killed, allegedly by a criminal group, on a ranch in Tamaulipas state in northern Mexico.

According to the Mexican government, these migrants could have been killed as they refused to be part of a drug cartel as hit men.

Source: Xinhua


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