Friday, February 26, 2010

CNN: With violence rising, U.S. Consulate closes office in Reynosa, Mexico

With violence rising, U.S. Consulate closes office in Reynosa, Mexico

(CNN) -- The U.S. Consulate in the border city of Matamoros, Mexico, temporarily closed its Consular Agency in the nearby city of Reynosa because of heightened drug-related violence in recent days.

A "Warden Message" was issued by the consulate "to advise U.S. citizens of recent gun battles in Reynosa, Mexico, and cities surrounding Reynosa in the last week."

The mayor of Reynosa, located across the border from McAllen, Texas, told a Mexican newspaper that recent shootings have not been between authorities and drug cartels, but between two drug trafficking organizations operating in the region, the Gulf cartel, and the Zetas.

In response, the U.S. Consulate has restricted travel of American officials to Reynosa and closed its office there until further notice, the letter says.

"The Consulate General in Matamoros advises U.S. citizens to take the above information into consideration when making any decisions concerning traveling to or within Reynosa," the letter says.

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2 comments:

A Daring Adventure said...

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Digger said...

I am always happy to be mentioned, quoted, etc. (unless you are calling me an idiot, and even that is okay if I get to defend myself!).