On Tuesday, newly elected congresswoman Norma Azucena Rodríguez Zamora was abducted following an ambush on a Hidalgo highway.

Two gunmen shot at her vehicle, ‘injuring her driver and assistant and causing the car to flip over.’ Rodríguez was dragged from the car by the gunmen, and forced in to their vehicle before they drove off.

Rodríguez had been elected last month as the Party of the Democratic Revolution representative for Veracruz, where she previously served as mayor of Tihuatlán. She was driving between Mexico City and Tuxpan, on Veracruz’s coast, at the time of her abduction – a journey that would take between three and four hours.

The mayor of Naupan, Genaro Negrete Urbano, was abducted from the same stretch of highway in Hidalgo last month. His body was later found with gunshot wounds.


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