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Mexico: Escaped Kidnapping Victim Kills 4, Dies In Gunfight

March 30, 2012 By Staff

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Top Story — Mexican police killed a man believed to be the victim of a kidnapping after he killed two of his captors, a former police officer, and a former army officer in Tijuana during his escape. The man, not identified by name, was being held in a house in Tijuana’s Lomas Conjunto Residencial when he reportedly got ahold of an AK-47 and gunned down two of his captors while he was still in handcuffs. The man left the house and shot two security officers guarding an SUV to make his getaway in the car. He opened fire when he came across a group of municipal police, and they shot back, finally killing the kidnapping victim. Authorities later entered the house that the man had escaped from and found the bodies of his captors, along with marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, and tactical gear. There was evidence that a room in the house was being used to torture people being held captive there. Mexico’s Council for Law and Human Rights reported that kidnapping in Mexico rose 32 percent between 2010 and 2011, from 13,505 to 17,889 per year, or 49 kidnappings each day.

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