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      Increased violence prompts Nuevo Laredo travel warning

      The U.S. Consulate is alerting the public about traveling in and out of Nuevo Laredo.

      They are asking citizens to take precautions due to the recent violence that has erupted in the area.

      Within a seven day period, there were eight murders and five arson attacks on local residence.

      On Thursday, several gun battles broke out including grenade explosions near the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo.

      Safety suggestions from the U.S. Consulate:

      -remain aware of your surroundings-monitor local news stations for updates-maintain a high level of viligance-take appropriate steps to enhance personal security-follow instructions of local authorities