A security video captured the terrifying moment a soldier is held at gunpoint by armed men before he and another military officer were kidnapped from the parking lot of a National Guard station and found two days later alive on a highway, the Mexican military announced.
Footage of the shocking incident, which unfolded Saturday afternoon in the north-central Mexico state of Zacatecas, shows one of the National Guard soldiers standing near a car as a black SUV pulls up next to him while a second vehicle stops in front of the entrance.
The startled soldier immediately raises his hands as at least six men carrying military rifles ran out of their vehicles at the base located in the municipality of Jerez.
Security camera from a National Guard station in Zacatecas, Mexico, shows the moment an SUV with armed men pulls up next to a soldier before he and another guardsmen were kidnapped Saturday. They were found alive Monday on a highway, 41 miles from where they were abducted. El Heraldo de Mexico identified the soldiers Orión Reyes and Fernando Quiroz
Fernando Quiroz (left) and Orión Reyes (right), both active members of the National Guard in Mexico, were kidnapped from a base in the north-central state of Zacatecas by armed men on Saturday and were safely located Monday
Subsequently, the guardsmen is ordered to lie on the dirt pavement while the armed men hold other individuals at gunpoint.
At least two other men appear to search the perimeter for the another member of the National Guard.
The soldier in the video is pushed into the white SUV and the footage cuts off before the second soldier is abducted.
The soldiers, identified by Mexican newspaper El Heraldo de Mexico as Orión Reyes, 42, and Fernando Quiroz, 37, were found by state and local police Monday before dawn on a highway in the Zacatecas city of Fresnillo.
The Mexican National Guard soldier is forced to lie on the dirt pavement while one of the armed men stands over him with a military rifle
Armed men carrying military rifles escort one of the two kidnapped soldiers into a white SUV (pictured) on Saturday outside a National Guard station in Jerez, a municipality in the north-central Mexican state of Zacatecas
Mexican authorities have not made any arrests or provided a motive for the kidnapping of two soldiers from a National Guard station in the north-central state of Zacatecas on Saturday. The guardsmen were found unharmed Monday
The National Guard said Reyes and Quiroz were both unharmed and in good health.
Zacatecas Governor Alejandro Tello called on the government and law enforcement to confront criminal organizations with tougher action to prevent them from destabilizing his state's security.
The kidnappers remain at large. It is unknown if they are linked to a cartel or local gang, and what the motive was for the abduction of two soldiers.