2 of 4 Americans Kidnapped in Mexico Found Dead
Half of the Americans kidnapped in Mexico last week have been found dead.
On Tuesday, two of the four missing Americans were found alive as well.
The governor of Tamaulipas, Américo Villarreal, shared the news during a press conference on Tuesday.
“Ambulances and the rest of the security personnel are on their way right now to offer support,” he said.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said, “We are very sorry that this happened in our country and we send our condolences to the families of the victims, friends, and the United States government, and we will continue doing our work to guarantee peace and tranquility.”
An unnamed senior Mexican official told The New York Times at least one of the Americans died at the scene of the abduction on Friday.
The Times noted, “U.S. and Mexican authorities have been searching for the four Americans since they were kidnapped in Mexico on Friday after they crossed into the country from Texas for medical help, according to officials in both countries.”
“The four Americans drove into the border town of Matamoros, Mexico, from Brownsville, Texas, in a white minivan with North Carolina license plates when gunmen began firing on their vehicle, the F.B.I. said. The gunmen then put the Americans in another vehicle and drove them away,” it added.
The paper noted it is “common for Americans to get entangled in violence in northern Mexico.” However, it added, “It is not very common for U.S. nationals to be kidnapped in Mexico.”
According to NBC News, “A law enforcement official with knowledge of the matter said a woman in the group had been seeking a cosmetic medical procedure. The official said cartel gunmen had targeted the group in a case of mistaken identity.”
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