Disappearance of civilians and random killings: drug violence devastates Matamoros

Tamaulipas continues as one of the most violent entities in the country, and recent confrontations, as well as the kidnapping of four people from the United States in Matamoros, They set off the alarms of the Mexican authorities and Americans.

The FBI confirmed that the four Americans were kidnapped on Friday, March 3, so this Monday, March 6, The Tamaulipas Prosecutor’s Office began the search together with the Mexican Armythe Navy and the National Guard, as well as teams specialized in the search for missing persons.

That same time there was a shooting in Matamoros that left as a balance to an innocent deceased womanwhich caused the US Consulate in the region to alert its visitors not to visit the area and that public schools canceled classes.

Violence in Tamaulipas It is not an exclusive matter of organized crimesince on February 26 it was reported that five young people were murdered by members of the Mexican Army.

Violence in Matamoros: Who is disputing the municipality?

Tamaulipas, bordering Texas, records a strong wave of violence linked to organized crime and it is common for rival groups to take their dead after clashes.

Currently two cartels dispute the region in Tamaulipas:

  • Gulf cartel: Located in Matamoros.
  • Northeast Cartel330 kilometers further west from where the one in the Gulf is located: This is a “split” of who the old ‘Zetas’ were, who operated in the early 2000s in Mexico.

Both cartels have cells that fight each otherwhich results in a strong wave of violence in the entity and for which news of clashes are common.

Prior to the 2022 elections in Tamaulipas, pollsters told The financial that the situation of violence was strong enough not to fully enter the entitywhich overshadowed the public opinion prior to the voting.

According to the Secretary of Security, both the Army and the Navy, the National Guard, the federal prosecutor’s office and the state police increased “Their presence through tours throughout the urban area and its surroundings to protect citizens.”

With information from AP.

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