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Terror spreading on highways in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, as kidnappings and robberies surge

September 8, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Terror spreading on highways in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, as kidnappings and robberies surge

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Business leaders in the northern border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas have once again issued a warning regarding highway travel after a recent surge in kidnappings, carjackings, and robberies.

According to Breitbart Texas, the deteriorating security situation prompted the alert stems as a result of an increase in criminal activity targeting innocent commuters and tourists on various state highways that lead to the border, Cristian Perez Cossio, the local director of the National Chamber of Commerce in Matamoros (CANACO).

“Traveling from the border to the state capital has become a joke due to the constant robberies and even kidnappings…. These situations are sometimes not reported due to the lack of trust in Mexican authorities and the pressure by criminals who threaten people into remaining silent,” Perez Cossio said.

The business leaders revealed reports by commuters regarding a complete lack of vigilance and patrolling by Mexican law enforcement. In the past, Mexican military forces and federal police would patrol the highways in Matamoros in an attempt to deter cartels from setting up roadblocks. The alleged lack of security has enabled criminals to set up traffic control locations and once again take over the streets.

“The CANACO is calling on Mexico’s Federal Government, Secretary of the Interior, Military and Federal Police authorities and the Tamaulipas government to re-evaluate the security conditions along the highways which have become un-drivable,” Perez Cossio stated.

He continued, “As a leading entity that fosters commerce and tourism, we have sent an alert for highway users that drive their vehicles, travel by bus or drive a tractor trailer to take additional precautions since it is extremely dangerous to travel at night.”

Cartel gunmen have robbed three passenger buses in recent days. The lack of transparency by government officials regarding the case has made it challenging to verify the rumors of victims being abducted from the buses, which were traveling from Reynosa to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

Because of concerns expressed by local citizens, Francisco Garza de Coss, a local state congressman in Tamaulipas, ordered answers from both the state and the federal government.

“Right now there is panic among those that travel along the highways of Tamaulipas,” Garza de Coss said in a statement to Breitbart Texas. “This situation affects us and the authorities have to answer for this.”

According to the local congressman, the ambiguity and lack of information and response by the government has caused significant outrage. Travelers are scared to drive to Monterrey because of the lack of security.

The state of Tamaulipas has the highest rate of kidnappings in Mexico, especially along the northern border region.

A travel advisory issued in April by the U.S. State Department has remained in effect urging all American citizens to defer all non-essential travel to the state, as a result of the spiraling violence and the threat posed by organized crime groups.

 

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