Five members of a purported Mexican drug cartel have been arrested over the recent kidnapping and killing of Americans in the border state of Tamaulipas, according to authorities. On March 3, two Americans and a Mexican woman died after gunmen opened fire on a group of four US citizens in broad daylight soon after they had driven into the city of Matamoros from Texas.
All four Americans were subsequently abducted, and by the time officials found them on March 8, two were already dead.
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On Thursday, five men were left on the street in Matamoros with their hands tied and a letter of apology for the incident. The letter, which was signed by a group claiming to represent a faction of the Gulf Cartel, said that the five men were responsible for the attack on the Americans. The Tamaulipas attorney general’s office announced that the same five men who turned up on Thursday were arrested on suspicion of taking part in the kidnapping and killings.
The attack on the Americans has sparked recriminations from US politicians, particularly among Republicans. Some have used it to call for military action against the drug cartels in Mexico. However, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rejected the idea of any military intervention. Similarly, US ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar dismissed the notion of any military force in Mexico, stating that it would not bring the solutions that are needed.
Law enforcement officials in Mexico are investigating the possibility that members of the Gulf Cartel kidnapped the four foreigners believing that they were encroaching on their turf, according to a government document.
The arrests of the five men provide some relief to the families of the American victims, who have expressed their shock and sadness at the brutal attack. However, this incident highlights the ongoing issue of drug cartel-related violence in Mexico, particularly in border states such as Tamaulipas. The Mexican government must work to prevent further such incidents and ensure the safety of tourists and citizens alike.