Image via WikipediaThis was issued today, July 15. Chihuahua is the largest state in Mexico by area. The three most important economic centers in the state are: Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, the state capital; and Delicias.
Threats of violence against U.S. government interests in Chihuahua
The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez is issuing this Emergency Message for U.S. citizens in the state of Chihuahua (“Emergency Messages” were formerly known as “Warden Messages”). The Consulate has distributed the following message to our staff:Read the whole thing here.
Mexican authorities have captured key members of the cartels active in Juarez. These successes also bring with them the potential for an increase in violence. The cartels may seek to retaliate and increase their attacks against rival cartel members, Mexican law enforcement and/or the public in general.
Information has come to light that suggests a cartel may be targeting the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez or U.S. Ports of Entry. In the past, cartels have been willing to utilize car bombs in attacks. We ask American citizens to remain vigilant.
If the Consulate should receive any credible threat information that provides a specific time and place, that information will be disseminated immediately.