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Six people have been arrested in connection with the deadly fire that broke out at a Mexican immigration center last month, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.
The six suspects were identified as being involved in the March 3 blaze at the Tamaulipas migrant center in Reynosa, according to the state prosecutor’s office. The fire left 25 dead and dozens injured.
The suspects were identified as Francisco Javier Rosales, Luis Carlos Barrera, Jose de Jesus Perez, Jesus Manuel Rodriguez, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, and Jesus Manuel Gonzalez. They have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and crimes against public health.
Authorities said the suspects were members of a criminal organization that had been targeting the center, which housed some 600 migrants, most of them from Central America.
The prosecutor's office said the suspects had allegedly set fire to the center using gasoline and other flammable materials. They also allegedly blocked the exits and prevented people from escaping the flames.
In a statement, the prosecutor's office said the suspects had been planning the attack for several weeks and had been sending threatening messages to the center's staff.
The arrests come as Mexican authorities are under increasing pressure from the international community to take action against the rampant crime and violence in the country. In response, the government has launched a campaign to crack down on organized crime and human trafficking networks, which are often behind the violence targeting vulnerable migrants.
The Tamaulipas migrant center fire has sparked international outrage and led to calls for an investigation into the cause of the blaze. The prosecutor's office said it is still working to determine the exact cause of the fire and is continuing its investigation into the incident.