On April 12, 2010, the United States Department extended a travel warning in Mexico until May 12 due to the violence that has erupted particularly in the Northern region including in Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, and Matamoros.
This extension was in part due to the bomb that was targeted at the United State Consulate building in Nuevo Laredo on Friday night. Though no one was injured, the Consulate General and Consular Agency in Piedras Negras have been closed indefinitely starting Monday, April 12, 2010, until they have sufficient security in place.
This follows the recent violence linked to drug trafficking targeted at US consulate workers in Ciudad Juarez where three people were killed. According to the New York Times, “Drug violence is raging across Mexico, and almost 20,000 people have died in the fight among cartels and with Mexican security forces since President Felipe Calderón began his crackdown on drug gangs in 2006.”
For the latest security information, the US State Department offers information on Travel Warnings and Alerts to monitor the security status.