Four US citizens were robbed and kidnapped after crossing the border into northeastern Mexico on Friday, according to the FBI, which is working to locate them.
Shortly after US citizens entered the border city of Matamoros, Mexico, on Friday, they were fired upon by unidentified gunmen, an FBI statement in San Antonio said. The agency did not identify the victims.
“The four Americans were placed in a vehicle and taken away by armed men,” the statement said.
The US citizens were driving a white minivan with North Carolina license plates, according to the FBI.
The FBI is asking for the public’s help in locating the Americans and identifying those responsible for the kidnapping. The agency announced a reward of US$50,000 for the return of the victims and the arrest of those involved.
The FBI stated that it is cooperating with other federal partners and with Mexican law enforcement to investigate the kidnapping.
Anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to call the FBI’s San Antonio Division or submit a tip online.