The U.S. government is closely monitoring the situation regarding the assault and kidnapping of four American citizens in Matamoros, Mexico. White House Press Secretary Jean-Pierre stated that such attacks are unacceptable, and that the government is ready to provide all necessary consular assistance to the families of the victims. The State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, added that the FBI and other federal agencies are working closely with Mexican law enforcement to investigate the case.
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, also released a statement saying that U.S. officials are working with Mexican authorities at all levels of government to secure the safe return of the kidnapped Americans. The safety of American citizens is the U.S. government’s top priority, Salazar noted.
In an effort to identify those responsible for the kidnapping, the FBI is now offering a $50,000 reward and has asked the public for any information they may have. Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the FBI’s San Antonio Division at 210-225-6741.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government reminds Americans of the existing travel guidance for this region of Mexico. The situation remains under close observation, and the government will continue to coordinate with Mexican authorities until those responsible are brought to justice.