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Robberies, abductions continue along highways in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

August 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Robberies, abductions continue along highways in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

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Instances of abductions and carjackings continue to occur along the highways that cross the border state of Tamaulipas, particularly along roads that lead to the border with Texas.

Recently, Mexican army units rescued six kidnapping victims.

The victims had been kidnapped in separate incidents along the state’s highways by a group of gunmen.

The hostage-takers demanded USD 10,000 for each victim for their safe released.

During the rescue operation, Mexican soldiers engaged with the cartel members in a shootout. The firefight injured one of the kidnappers as others managed to flee.

Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, is roughly 190 miles from the border with Texas.

The city is one of the areas that has seen a high degree of violence in recent years.

According to reports, Mexican soldiers apprehended the injured gunman.

Authorities also detained a second gunman, but neither would indicate which cartel they were apart of.

Officials said the soldiers executed the rescue mission in Ejido Conrado Castillo in the municipality of Padilla. The area is near Ciudad Victoria.

Authorities discovered a stash house concealed in the bushes that were being employed by the kidnappers while they were patrolling the area.

When the gunmen noticed the military, they opened fire to try to create a distraction so they could escape.

After the dispute, the military seized several firearms and vehicles abandoned by the group of criminals.

During the dispute, Mexican soldiers wounded one gunman. They also apprehended a woman they identified as the house’s caretaker who also watched the six victims.

The remainder of the gunmen managed to flee during the shootout. The victims originated from the states of Coahuila and Veracruz, as well as a man from Honduras.

The wounded suspect was identified as Carlos Alberto Torres Olivares, 22, from the rural village of El Moquetito in Matamoros.

The second suspect was a 38-year-old woman identified as Sol Silvano Alcocer from Ciudad Victoria.

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