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Mexican mother-activist's suspected killers arrested

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Ciudad Victoria (Mexico) (AFP)

Mexican authorities have arrested two suspected killers of an activist who helped families search for their missing children, calling her murder an apparent revenge attack by escaped inmates she helped jail.

Miriam Rodriguez Martinez was well-known in Mexico for her campaign to find her missing daughter, who was abducted by drug cartel thugs in 2012.

She finally found her two years later, buried in an unmarked grave.

Accusing the authorities of failing the families of Mexico's legions of missing persons, she tracked down information that helped put her daughter's killers in jail.

She then turned to helping others in the same situation as head of the Missing Persons Collective of San Fernando, in the violent northern state of Tamaulipas.

She was gunned down at her home on May 10 -- Mother's Day in Mexico.

Police have now arrested two men for her killing, both of whom had escaped from prison in March in the state capital, Ciudad Victoria, state prosecutor Irving Barrios Mojica said Thursday.

They are still searching for two other escaped inmates who are also suspected in the killing, he said.

"The strongest line of investigation is an act of revenge for the work carried out by Mrs Miriam, which led to the arrest of several people in her daughter's kidnapping," he told journalists.

Rodriguez's killing triggered outrage in Mexico and drew international condemnation.

Tamaulipas is the missing persons capital of Mexico: more than 5,500 of the country's 30,000 cases were reported here.

The state is the scene of a bloody turf war between the Gulf Cartel and their rivals, the Zetas.

Mexico has been hit by a wave of bloodshed in the past decade that has left more than 200,000 people dead or missing as rival drug cartels wage war on each other and the Mexican security forces.

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