MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican federal forces have freed 61 kidnap victims in the northern border city of Reynosa, including 53 Central Americans, seven Mexicans and one U.S. citizen, federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said Friday.

Federal police captured four suspected kidnappers in the raids on various houses Thursday in Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas.

Sanchez the victims freed in the raids included 27 people from Honduras, 20 from El Salvador and three people apiece from Guatemala and Nicaragua. Three of the kidnap victims were children.

He said a drug cartel was apparently involved in the abductions, but didn't specify which one.


In the past, Mexican drug cartels have frequently kidnapped Central American migrants seeking to reach the United States. Often, the kidnappers call the victims' relatives in the United States to demand ransom payments in exchange for their release.

But it is relatively rare for them to also kidnap Americans.