Kidnappers free ex-mayor in eastern Mexico

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Posted: Mar 01, 2011 1:31 PM
Kidnappers free ex-mayor in eastern Mexico

Soldiers and police have rescued a former mayor from kidnappers in eastern Mexico, while the search continues for a second missing mayor in the same region.

Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte de Ochoa says security forces freed Alfredo Osorio from a house in the town of Ciutlahuac.

He says the kidnappers fled the raid Tuesday and were being sought in the nearby city of Cordoba. Osorio was the mayor of Tierra Blanca until December. He had been kidnapped Monday.

Duarte de Ochoa says the search continues for Saturnino Valdes, mayor of the town of Tampico Alto in northern Veracruz. Valdez has been missing since Feb. 23 when he left for Tamaulipas, a neighboring state where drug cartels are battling.