They were kidnapped last Friday in Tamaulipas, near the border. Two died in what would be a drug attack.
Mexican authorities transferred to the US on Tuesday the two US citizens released after being kidnapped in the northern state of Tamaulipas last Friday, along with two other citizens of the neighboring country who died in the dramatic events.
“Federal and state corporations, with personnel from the United States Consulate in Matamoros, delivered 2 citizens of that country on an international bridge, located today after they were deprived of their liberty on March 3,” the Tamaulipas prosecutor said on Twitter. , Irving Barrios.
Matamoros is located just 4 kilometers from Brownsville (Texas), on the other side of the border.
This morning, the governor of Tamaulipas, Américo Villareal, indicated that the four kidnapped Americans had been located, two of them dead.
The president of Mexico,. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. AFP photo
35 minutes ago it was confirmed by the Prosecutor’s Office (that) of the four (Americans) there are two dead, one person injured and another alive, Villareal explained in a live call during the daily morning conference of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Put on loudspeaker, the governor explained that an hour before he had been notified that there were indications of having seen the four US citizens.
Likewise, he said that authorities and relatives are currently going to the place and health personnel are also on their way “to provide any medical support that may be required.”
The Secretary of Public Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, notified during the conference that there is already a detainee in relation to the case.
An ambulance carrying two Americans found alive after their kidnapping in Mexico last week, in Matamoros, Tuesday, March 7, 2023. AP Photo
Rodríguez will give a press conference at 1:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. GMT) to give more details about the progress in the case.
The FBI reported on Sunday the disappearance of the four Americans, kidnapped last Friday after crossing the border in the border city of Matamoros, in Tamaulipas, one of the Mexican states hardest hit by violence.
Investigators believe the Americans were mistakenly targeted by a Mexican cartel that likely mistook them for Haitian drug traffickers, a US official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.