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Security video shows broad daylight abduction of teacher by hooded cartel gunmen in Veracruz, Mexico

February 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Security video shows broad daylight abduction of teacher by hooded cartel gunmen in Veracruz, Mexico

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The brazen abduction of a teacher by hooded hitmen exemplifies the level of impunity in which criminal groups operate in the Mexican Gulf State of Veracruz.

The victim, 31-year-old Amparo Hermelita Armenta Gallegos was kidnapped in broad daylight on January 30th in Pánuco.

Security video published on social media and reported by local press outlets reveals the moment when a group of gunmen in two vehicles surround the victim’s car, which was in front of her residence.

The victim had just reversed out of her driveway and parked on the street to close the doors leading into her driveway. Four suspects exited the vehicles and took the victim after chasing her onto her property as she attempted to flee.

The woman was then forced into the back of a car and the men speed away, leaving one of the cars behind. The abduction took place in approximately 35 seconds, according to Radio Formula.

The whereabouts of the woman are not known, and authorities or the family have not released a public statement or released any additional details.

It is not unusual for abduction cases to be handled privately or without any involvement from police.

Families with financial means employ anti-kidnapping experts to negotiate the release of the victims. However, the measure allows kidnappers to re-offend with impunity.

Veracruz is subject to daily acts of violence as rival cartels continue to battle for lucrative drug territory.

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