They just want to drive across the border and buy medicine. But on the crossing to Mexico, the four US citizens are suddenly shot at and kidnapped by strangers. Two of them can only be recovered dead.
Several days after four US citizens were kidnapped in northeastern Mexico, two of them have been found dead. The other two abductees were rescued, one of them was injured, said the governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Américo Villarreal. He gave no information on where and how the abductees were found. He also did not comment on how two of them died.
Rescue and security forces are on duty to provide medical care to the survivors, Villarreal said. The four US citizens were traveling in a minibus on Friday when they were shot at by unknown persons and then taken away in another vehicle. A Mexican woman was killed during the kidnapping.
The US citizens had previously entered Tamaulipas by minibus from the US across the border to Matamoros. According to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, they went to Mexico to buy medicine. The US Federal Police FBI offered a reward of 50,000 dollars (around 47,000 euros) for information on the arrest of the perpetrators and the rescue of the kidnapped persons.
Matamoros is right on the border with the US state of Texas and is known for violence and drug-related crime. The roads in the Tamaulipas region are among the most dangerous in the country - there are frequent kidnappings by criminal gangs.