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Tijuana: Kidnapped businessmen freed by soldiers
San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12/18/08 | Jose Luis Jiménez

Posted on 12/18/2008 5:07:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge

TIJUANA — Mexican soldiers freed three kidnapped businessmen Wednesday evening after an anonymous tip led them to a home in the Mesa de Otay area, authorities said at a news conference Thursday.

Soldiers said they encountered little resistance when they stormed the home. They arrested eight men, confiscated 25 guns and took more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition, army officials said.

Based on information gathered at the home, soldiers went to a residence in La Presa where three more men were arrested. They are accused of participating in the attack on the Baja California Attorney General's Office in Tijuana early Wednesday. The attackers apparently were attempting to free two colleagues held there, army officials said.

Three state police officers were injured as they successfully repelled the attack on the state office. In interviews, the kidnapped men said they were taken by force while driving in the city, with one of them saying he was first stopped by someone dressed as a police officer on a motorcycle. The men had been held captive for at least 25 days and one man said his finger was cut off.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico
KEYWORDS: businessmen; freed; kidnapped; tijuana

1 posted on 12/18/2008 5:07:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Thank you Norm for that update.

2 posted on 12/18/2008 5:10:13 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

No problem, Cindy.

We don’t see many “happy ending” stories of late in Tijuana.

3 posted on 12/18/2008 5:31:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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4 posted on 12/18/2008 5:33:49 PM PST by Cindy
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