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Smugglers' tunnel uncovered on US-Mexico border

[TIJUANA, MEXICO] Military authorities have uncovered a tunnel under the Mexico-US border that was used to smuggle migrants from the city of Tijuana to San Diego, California, the Mexican government said Sunday.

The entrance on the Mexican side was inside a warehouse and the exit was just beyond the border fence in San Diego, officials said.

Twenty-five migrants were picked up by the US Border Patrol as they emerged from the passageway, a Mexican state police official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Mexican defence ministry said in a statement that the tunnel was detected after a tipster called in to report the presence of armed men at the warehouse.

Nobody was arrested on the Mexican side of the border, the police official said.

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In recent years, Mexican authorities have detected several border tunnels used to funnel drugs and migrants into the United States.

In Aug 2016, they uncovered a 30-metre tunnel running from the Mexican state of Sonora into Arizona.

In April, US authorities discovered the longest border tunnel yet - an 800-metre passageway connecting Tijuana to Otay Mesa, California.


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