U.S. releases travel advisory for Mexico after four U.S. citizens kidnapped at gunpoint

Mar 6, 2023, 1:00 PM | Updated: 1:08 pm
U.S. releases travel advisory for Mexico after kidnapping...
US Customs and Border Protection agents guard the entrance to the Del Rio International Bridge, which is closed temporarily after an influx of migrants, at the US-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas on September 17, 2021. - The mayor of Del Rio, Texas declared a state of emergency on September 17 after more than 10,000 undocumented migrants, many of them Haitians, poured into the border city in a fresh test of President Joe Biden's immigration policy. Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said that the migrants were crowded in an area controlled by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) beneath the Del Rio International Bridge, which carries traffic across the Rio Grande river into Mexico. (Photo by PAUL RATJE / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)
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MEXICO — The U.S. State Department released a travel advisory for Mexico after four U.S. citizens were kidnapped at gunpoint.

The gunman fired upon their vehicle and kidnapped the four U.S. citizens in the northern Mexico border city of Matamoros.

On Friday, March 6 the four American’s had entered Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. The U.S. citizens were traveling in a white minivan with North Carolina license plates.

On Sunday, March 5, the FBI San Antonio Division office said the vehicle came under fire shortly after it entered Mexico. Furthermore, the gunman took all four Americans from the scene.

The FBI is now offering a $50,000 reward for the victims’ return and the culprits’ arrest. Meanwhile, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar said, the Americans were kidnapped at gunpoint and that an “innocent” Mexican citizen died in the attack.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said, “The Americans had crossed the border to buy medicine and ended up caught in the crossfire between two armed groups.”

In addition, there was a shootout in Matamoros on Friday, March 3 between warring factions of the Gulf drug cartel. The shootout was so bad that the U.S. Consulate issued an alert about the danger, and local authorities warned people to shelter in place. It is unclear how the abductions could be connected the the shootouts on Friday.  


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U.S. releases travel advisory for Mexico after four U.S. citizens kidnapped at gunpoint