Two Americans have been found dead in the Mexican border town of Matamoros. They were allegedly kidnapped by a drug cartel, which may have mistakenly mistook them for drug smugglers.
The dead Americans had been missing since Friday, along with two travel companions who were found alive. It’s about a group of friends from the US state of South Carolina. They traveled to Mexico so that one of them, a mother of six children, could have plastic surgery on her belly.
Once across the border, they were under fire. “They were shot and kidnapped by armed men,” the FBI said. An innocent Mexican woman was killed in the shooting.
Footage from a security camera shows men with guns and body armor pushing one of the Americans into the back of a pickup truck.
An aunt of the woman who had undergone the procedure searched the Internet for news about the Mexican place after she became worried. To her great horror, she said she found video footage showing the kidnapping of her niece.
“This happened in broad daylight.”
The news of the kidnapping shows how violent some Mexican cities have become due to the country’s prolonged drug war. The U.S. State Department has issued a negative travel advisory for U.S. citizens planning to travel to the Mexican border state.
The U.S. government is working closely with the Mexican government to identify the perpetrators of the kidnapping, according to National Security Council coordinator John Kirby. “Attacks on U.S. citizens are unacceptable, wherever and under whatever circumstances.”
In connection with the kidnapping and double murder, one suspect was arrested. The two who survived the kidnapping are now back in the United States.
About the author: Jeff Roper
Jeff Roper has been teaching journalism for more than five years. A theorist who nevertheless took up some practice. He is fond of the history of journalism and journalism.