State lawmaker rescued from kidnappers in Morelos

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Police in the Mexican state of Morelos have rescued a state legislator one day after he was kidnapped.

Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez announced the rescue Thursday morning through his Twitter account. He also distributed a photograph of state Deputy David Martinez tied at the wrists and ankles at the time of his rescue.

Martinez was seized Wednesday outside his home. The Democratic Revolution Party politician and candidate for mayor of the city of Temixco was found by police before dawn on Thursday.

State security secretary Alberto Capella said in a television interview that eight people were arrested.

He noted that Martinez had dined with the governor the night before his kidnapping and suggested the kidnapping was politically motivated. He said the kidnappers had ties to the Guerreros Unidos gang.