Monterrey, NL - Gunmen kidnapped the transit chief of the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, Juan Enrique Barrios Rodriguez, on Monday, hours after abducting highway department director Reynaldo Ramos, city officials said.
Barrios Rodriguez was abducted at 3:30 a.m., when the gunmen knocked down the door of the official’s residence.
The gunmen also stole two cars from the garage of the official’s home.
The kidnappings occurred days after Monterrey Mayor Fernando Larrazabal purged the police department of officers suspected of having links to drug traffickers.
A total of 178 officers were dismissed.
The Nuevo Leon state Attorney General’s Office is investigating both kidnappings and launched an operation to try and nab the kidnappers.
Drug traffickers are fighting for control of Monterrey, one of Mexico’s largest cities and the main financial center in the northern part of the country.
Kidnappings like these are usually carried out by organized crime groups and no ransom is demanded, with the victim’s body being found soon afterwards, often showing signs of torture.
Nuevo Leon, whose capital is Monterrey, along with Chihuahua, Sonora and Coahuila, all located in northern Mexico, are the states most affected by armed activities carried out by drug cartels.
Tamaulipas, a border state in northeastern Mexico, has also been plagued by drug-related violence.