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Mexico Security Update

september 2010

The following information is provided as an overview of recent security incidents that, because of their location or nature, could have an impact on the safety of U.S. citizens traveling and living in Mexico. This information is not intended to include all safety and security incidents that have occurred in Mexico. Readers should review the U.S. Government’s Country Specific Information and the latest Travel Warning issued for Mexico, as well as monitor local and U.S. media sources for the very latest information.

Week of October 4, 2010

Two American citizens jet skiing on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake, about 60 miles from the Laredo border, were allegedly ambushed by six gunmen in two boats. As the couple sped away, the gunmen fired at the American tourists, apparently striking the man whose body has not yet been found. Earlier this year, several fishermen were robbed at gunpoint on the lake’s Mexican side.

Since 2006 Sinaloa’s capital Culiacan has registered more drug-related murders than any other Mexican city, except Ciudad Juarez. Conditions in Sinaloa continue to deteriorate, there has been an increase in violence, extortion of business owners, kidnappings and deteriorating economic conditions in Sinaloa have made it unsafe to travel in the area.

Violence continues to escalate in Nogales. American citizens have been caught in the crossfire in an increasing number of incidents throughout the City. Most of the recent outbreaks of violence have occurred in the upscale Granja and Kennedy districts, near either U.S. Consulate housing or the Consulate itself.

From October 1 - 2, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon faced two consecutive days of grenade attacks. The October 1 attacks targeted a federal court and state prison, while another grenade exploded around 60 meters from the front entrance of the U.S. Consulate. The October 2 grenade attack in the Monterrey suburb of Guadalupe injured at least 14 people, 8 of them children, in a public plaza.