Four US citizens missing after being kidnapped in Mexico
According to U.S. and Mexican officials, four American citizens were abducted in northern Mexico when gunmen fired at their vehicle as soon as they crossed the border into Matamoros from Brownsville, Texas.
The FBI's San Antonio division has announced that it is offering a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the return of the kidnapped individuals or the capture of those responsible. The four people, who crossed into Matamoros in a white minivan with North Carolina license plates, were taken by armed men who transferred them to another vehicle and fled.
The Tamaulipas state Attorney General, Irving Barrios, has stated that the individuals are from South Carolina, and authorities are investigating the incident. Despite reports of confusion or conflict between criminal groups, the officials have not ruled out any possibility.
Meanwhile, Mexican soldiers, marines, and state and federal officials are conducting search operations to locate and rescue the missing individuals. The incident occurred close to the U.S. consulate in Matamoros, with photos on social media confirming the situation. According to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the four individuals were attempting to buy medicine when the abduction occurred during an armed group confrontation.