Mexican army arrests one more suspect in mass graves murders

10:45, April 12, 2011      

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The Mexican army has detained another suspect for the murders of at least 88 passengers who were pulled from local buses when they were traveling toward the U.S. border in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

According to the attorney general's office on Monday, the latest arrest brought the number of detained suspects to 16 for the violent crimes that Mexican authorities said were done in the attempt to recruit male passengers for the organized crime groups against their wills.

The passengers were abducted from local busses between March 24 and March 29, the Defense Ministry said earlier. This added to the latest string of violence in Mexico' s war against the drug cartels which alone in the state of Tamaulipas has led to the killing of 160 people in the last month.

The 88 bodies have been discovered since early April in a series of mass graves in the municipality of San Fernando, some 140 km south of the U.S. border at Brownsville in Texas.

The graves were found in the same municipality where 72 illegal migrants from Central and South America were massacred in August 2010 after being kidnapped as they transited Mexico. One U.S. citizen has also been reported missing in the same area.

Both crimes have been blamed on the criminal group Los Zetas, which has gained a reputation for using brutal violence.

Mexico's crackdown on drug cartels and organized crime has claimed more than 36,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the drugs trade shortly after taking office in December 2006.

Source: Xinhua
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