The carjacking of a Catholic bishop and other violence have prompted U.S. Consulate officials to issue an alert for Americans living in or traveling to the border community of Piedras Negras.
The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo issued a security message for Americans late Wednesday.
Consulate officials are asking Americans to keep to a low profile and stay informed due to a recent wave of drug cartel violence.
The recent violence started with a September 17th jailbreak where 131 inmates escaped from a jail in Piedras Negras.
Consulate officials confirmed a shootout between armed men and Mexican soldiers in the Colonia Villa Hermosa on September 21st.
Another gunfight took place on September 24th between gunmen and soldiers in the Cumbres neighborhood.
The consulate also confirmed that seven people were killed and 24 wounded at a funeral in Torreon, Coahuila that same day.
On Tuesday, there were also two separate gunfights in Torreon.
The consulate confirmed that the Bishop of the Piedras Negras Catholic Diocese was also carjacked at gunpoint on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, authorities found a grenade on an international bridge linking Piedras Negras and Eagle Pass, Texas.
Consulate officials reported that some of those involved with these violent attacks and gunfights have been confirmed as some of the escaped prisoners.Security Message (September 26, 2012)Increased Violence in Piedras Negras
The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing in the Piedras Negras area to an increase in violence related to Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO). Since September 17, 2012, when 131 prisoners escaped from the CERESO in Piedras Negras, there have been numerous violent incidents in and around the Piedras Negras area. On September 20, a gunfight was reported between TCO and Mexican authorities in the Villa Hermosa sector of the city. On September 24, a gunfight was reported between members of a TCO and the Mexican authorities in the Cumbres sector. In addition, seven people were killed and 24 were wounded during a funeral in Torreon, Coahuila. On September 25, two separate gunfights were confirmed by Coahuila state authorities in the city. Also on September 25th, the Bishop of the Piedras Negras Catholic Diocese was a victim of a carjacking at gunpoint. On September 26, 2012, the International Bridge II in Piedras Negras was closed for most of the day due to a discovered grenade. Some of those involved with these violent attacks and gunfights have been confirmed as escaped prisoners. Because of this recent escalation in criminal activity, the U.S. Consulate urges all U.S. citizens to maintain a low profile and a heightened sense of awareness.
In order to receive the most current security information available, the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo encourages all United States Citizens living in or visiting the Nuevo Laredo Consular district to Follow Us on Twitter, or Like Us on Facebook. The Consulate will use Twitter and Facebook to disseminate regular and time sensitive information related to the security situation in and around Nuevo Laredo.
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's internet web site at http://travel.state.gov/ where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from Mexico, a regular toll line at 001-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). American citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the State Department's travel registration website at https://step.state.gov/step/.
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, please contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest U.S. Consulate. The numbers provided below for the Embassy and Consulates are available around the clock. The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000; telephone within Mexico City: 5080-2000; telephone long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000. You may also contact the Embassy by e-mail at: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov The Embassy's internet address is http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/.
The Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo is located at Allende 3330, Colonia Jardin, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The Consulate General's telephone number from the U.S. is (011)(52)(867) 714-0512; within Mexico, (01) (867) 714-0512. The fax number is (011)(52)(867) 714-6075. For additional inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at http://nuevolaredo.usconsulate.gov/.
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Acapulco: Hotel Continental Emporio, Costera Miguel Aleman 121 " local 14, Telephone (011)(52)(744) 484-0300 or (011)(52)(744) 469-0556.Cabo San Lucas: Blvd. Marina local c-4, Plaza Nautica, col. Centro, telephone (011)(52)(624) 143-3566.Cancun: Plaza Caracol two, second level, no. 320-323, Boulevard Kukulcan, km. 8.5, Zona Hotelera, telephone (011)(52)(998) 883-0272 or, 202-640-2511 (a U.S. number).Cozumel: Plaza Villa Mar en el Centro, Plaza Principal, (Parque Juarez between Melgar and 5th ave.) 2nd floor, locales #8 and 9, Telephone (011)(52)(987) 872-4574 or, 202-459-4661 (a U.S. number).Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo: Hotel Fontan, Blvd. Ixtapa, Telephone (011)(52)(755) 553-2100.Mazatlan: Playa Gaviotas #202, Zona Dorada, telephone (011)(52)(669) 916-5889.Oaxaca: Macedonio Alcala no. 407, interior 20, telephone (011)(52)(951) 514-3054, (011) (52)(951) 516-2853.Piedras Negras: Abasolo #211, Zona Centro, Piedras Negras, Coah., Tel. (011)(52)(878) 782-5586.Playa del Carmen: "The Palapa," Calle 1 Sur, between Avenida 15 and Avenida 20, telephone (011)(52)(984) 873-0303 or 202-370-6708(a U.S. number).Puerto Vallarta: Paradise Plaza, Paseo de los Cocoteros #1, Local #4, Interior #17, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, telephone (011)(52)(322) 222-0069.Reynosa: Calle Monterrey #390, Esq. Sinaloa, Colonia Rodriguez,telephone: (011)(52)(899) 923 - 9331.San Luis Potosi: Edificio "Las Terrazas", Avenida Venustiano Carranza 2076-41, Col. Polanco,telephone: (011)(52)(444) 811-7802/7803.San Miguel de Allende: Dr. Hernandez Macias #72, telephone (011)(52)(415) 152-2357 or (011)(52)(415) 152-0068.