Matamoros, Mexico: 4 US citizens missing after being assaulted and kidnapped in Mexico were targeted by mistake, US official says

March 06, 2023

ET]Authorities believe the group of Americans assaulted and kidnapped in Matamoros, Mexico, Friday were targeted by mistake and were not the intended victims in the attack, a US official with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN. At this preliminary point in the investigation, it is not believed that the American citizens were in Mexico for criminal purposes, the source indicated. Four US citizens who crossed in a white minivan with North Carolina license plates were abducted on Friday shortly after crossing into Matamoros, Mexico, CNN previously reported. The photos obtained by CNN show a woman looking and then sitting next to three bodies outside a white minivan. Members of the National Guard wait for members of the General Attorney¨s Office to leave in a caravan with relatives of disappeared persons in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, Mexico on August 24, 2021.