More arrests in Mexican border pit deaths

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) - Mexico's Defense Department reports it's captured nine more suspects in the killings of at least 145 people whose bodies were found starting early this month in pits in the border state of Tamaulipas.

The suspects were captured Monday in the Tamaulipas state capital, Ciudad Victoria. Three guns were seized during the arrests. They included alleged members of the Zetas cartel. 4 of the suspects are women.

The Zetas allegedly pulled passengers off buses in the township of San Fernando in late March, possibly as part of a forced recruitment effort.

The statement said the suspects confessed to participating in the kidnapping of bus passengers by the Zetas "so that a member of that organization could select people." The statement did not specify what they were being selected for.