After the violent confrontation two days ago in the Northwest Bypass in the town of Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, a new operation was conducted by the military where they managed to free several people that had been abducted.
The Mexican military descended in a place resembling a wasteland in the town of Escobedo, within the city limits of El Carmen, where they found three small huts made of tin and cardboard.
When the armed group of men were surprised by the military, they decided to launch an attack against the military but the military immediately repelled the attack that prompted a shootout at the scene that resulted in one gunman killed and two others apprehended. Most of the gunmen managed to flee and the two that were apprehended admitted belonging to Los Zetas.
The military managed to rescue eight adults and a 3 year old baby who had been abducted and all had been brutally tortured, except for the child. Official reports revealed that the criminals beat the victims with heavy wooden paddles and some had burns to their bodies. Local paramedics arrived to the scene to treat the victims and transport them to the hospital.
In the shacks the military confiscated seven long guns, a handgun, three grenades, magazines, ammunition and radio communication devices.
They also seized six vehicles; narcobanners signed by Los Zetas which contained the same message from those that had been displayed last week in various parts of Nuevo León. They found large heavy wooden paddles used to beat victims, an ax, personal items, water, soft drinks, cigarettes, and various packages Maruchan soup, among other things.
One of the kidnapped victims said he had been abducted since last Monday with his three year granddaughter, "I have been held captive since Monday, but I have only been at this location for two days, she is my granddaughter and I do not know why they took us. They unexpectedly went after me and picked me up. I don't know why they brought me here. I have been in three different places and also inside SUV's, and I was always blindfolded, there was another boy here from Monterrey, they beat us bad, the only one spared was the child."