Distressing video emerged Monday showing the moment four kidnapped US citizens were forced into the back of a pickup truck after being shot at in Mexico in a possible case of mistaken identity.
The Americans entered the violent city of Matamoros in Tamaulipas state on Friday in a white minivan with North Carolina license plates, according to a report from the US Embassy in Mexico City on Sunday. Shortly after entering the city, the Americans came under fire.
Video that purports to show the Americans’ kidnapping features men wearing bulletproof vests dragging a person across the ground and roughly pushing a woman into the flatbed of a white pickup truck.
The suspects then grab two men who appear to be wounded or dead, and toss their bodies into the same flatbed.
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Video Of 4 American Kidnapped In Mexico
The Gulf drug cartel has rival factions in Matamoros, where the Americans were abducted after gun battles that were so intense that the US Consulate issued a warning about the danger.
It wasn’t immediately obvious whether the kidnapping depicted in the video was associated with the local gun violence that had residents taking cover.
Unknown numbers of people were killed and hurt on Friday, according to the Tamaulipas state police.
Mexican Video Of Americans Being Kidnapped.