MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have rescued 68 people, including 12 Central American migrants, allegedly kidnapped by a drug cartel in northern Mexico.

The Public Safety Department says the group was rescued after federal agents went to a neighborhood in the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, to check on a tip and ran into two armed men.

A statement from the department Wednesday says the gunmen hid in a house where the kidnap victims were being held.

It says there were eight Guatemalans, two Hondurans, a Salvadoran and a Panamanian among those freed. Some of the victims told police they were taken by members of the Gulf drug cartel from buses heading to Reynosa’s bus station or from the station itself.

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