Seven people, including one American woman, abducted in Monterrey, Mexico

April 21st, 2010 - 11:53 pm ICT by BNO News  

MONTERREY, MEXICO (BNO NEWS) – Seven people, including an American woman, were abducted from two hotels in downtown Monterrey, Mexico, the El Norte newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Witnesses said that a group of 50 hooded men executed the abductions in few minutes at Mision and Holiday Inn Hotels; they fled driving at least 10 SUVs. Both operations happened after armed men blocked two main roads using four vehicles in order to avoid contact with military men who were patrolling the area.

At Holiday Inn hotel, a security guard was injured on the head. Several guests witnessed the abduction. A security guard, the receptionist and four guests, including an American citizen were taken by the armed men. One of the victims tried to escape but he was shot and retrieved by one of the hitmen.

“They took many, they were armed, we heard punches and screams,” a witness said.

Another group of hitmen attacked the Misión Hotel at the same time, just a few meters away from Holiday Inn. A man was abducted from this hotel.

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