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Kidnapping near Nuevo Laredo linked to cartels

Presumed cartel gunmen kidnapped 15 people from a bus near the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Gary Hale, nonresident fellow in drug policy and Mexico studies, said the region has seen an uptick in violence as cartels ward off infiltration from rival organizations into their territory.

“Anybody who’s transiting, if they don’t look like normal passengers on the bus … they take them off, they interrogate them and they kill them, and you never see them again,” Hale said.

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