The kidnapping of four American citizens in Mexico has taken a deadly turn, with two of the victims found dead and one injured, according to Tamaulipas Governor Américo Villarreal. The incident occurred in Matamoros, a city located directly across the U.S.-Mexico border from Brownsville, Texas, and is an area notorious for drug cartel gangs, armed robbery, and violence.
The State Department has even issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel warning for American citizens traveling in the region.
On Friday, the four Americans were assaulted, shot at, and kidnapped after crossing the border into Matamoros. Unidentified gunmen fired upon the vehicle and all four Americans were taken from the scene by armed men. According to a relative of one of the victims, they had traveled from South Carolina to Mexico so one of them could undergo a tummy tuck procedure with a doctor in Matamoros.
The FBI has been working with other federal agencies and law enforcement authorities in Mexico to investigate the kidnapping and ensure the safe return of the Americans. This incident is still developing, with the FBI yet to release any information on how the kidnapping occurred or who may be responsible.
Governor Villarreal’s announcement confirmed the heartbreaking news that two of the four Americans had been found dead, and one was injured.
He stated, “The Governor of Tamaulipas confirms that the four Americans kidnapped on Friday in Matamoros have already been located. Among them two dead and one wounded.” The fate of the fourth American is yet to be determined.
Matamoros, the city where the kidnapping occurred, is located in Tamaulipas, a Mexican state where criminal groups often target public and private passenger buses, as well as private automobiles traveling through the area. The groups frequently take passengers and demand ransom payments.
The incident is a tragic reminder of the dangers that can arise when traveling to certain parts of Mexico, particularly for American citizens. Tamaulipas has been the site of numerous violent clashes between Mexican security forces and organized criminal groups. The State Department advises American citizens to reconsider travel to Tamaulipas due to the high levels of violence and criminal activity in the region.
As this story continues to develop, the FBI and other authorities will be working to uncover more details about the kidnapping and bring those responsible to justice. The thoughts of many are with the families and loved ones of the victims during this difficult time.
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El Gobernador de Tamaulipas confirma que los cuatro estadounidenses secuestrados el viernes en Matamoros ya fueron ubicados. Entre ellos dos muertos y uno herido. pic.twitter.com/8SU9ZSsBlq
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