Federal authorities have launched a major security operation to seek out and apprehend the individuals responsible for an armed attack on a restaurant on Leona Vicario street in the Obrera area of Minatitlán (Veracruz state), which left at least 14 people dead on the evening (local time) of Friday, April 19. The attack reportedly took place when unidentified gunmen entered a restaurant during a birthday celebration and opened fire. The motive for the attack is unclear, although some reports indicate that the assailants were searching for a specific individual. Federal and state security personnel charged with locating the suspects deployed on April 20, and increased security measures (e.g. security checkpoints) should be anticipated in Minatitlán and throughout the state. Associated transportation disruptions are possible.
Individuals present in Veracruz state, particularly Minatitlán, are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
Due to extreme levels of violence linked to the presence of various armed groups, some Western governments advise against travel to a large portion of Mexican territory, including Guerrero, Michoacán, and Tamaulipas states, the northeastern border with the US, and, to a lesser extent, Baja California, Chihuahua, Colima, Durango, Jalisco, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, and Veracruz states.
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