US in search of four citizens kidnapped in Mexico
The US and Mexico have launched a search for four US citizens who were kidnapped at gunpoint in Mexico.
The US Embassy and Consulates in Mexico say the group was driving a white minivan across the US border with Mexico on Friday, crossing into Matamoros, Tamaulipas when they were attacked by gunmen.
The four Americans were then placed in a vehicle and driven from the scene by the armed men, the embassy said.
US ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar said the incident also resulted in the death of a Mexican citizen.
The BBC reports that though the missing Americans have not been identified, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a statement on Monday said they had crossed the border to buy medication.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the White House was closely following the matter.
“Our thoughts are with the families of these individuals’’, she added.
Meanwhile, the FBI has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the return of the victims and the arrests of those involved.
Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu