Saturday, December 24, 2011
Three U.S. citizens were killed when gunmen attacked buses in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, said a U.S. State Department official said on Saturday.
The three were traveling for the Christmas holidays when they and a number of other passengers on the bus were killed by gunmen.
The incident was one of several that day in which gunmen attacked buses in Veracruz, a major oil export hub that has become a target for drug gang violence.
Veracruz has become a flashpoint for drug cartel violence between the Zetas gang and Gulf drug cartels.
In response, the Mexican military has taken over control of the Veracruz police although, it remains to be seen what impact this action will have on the violence.
More than 45,000 people have been killed in cartel-related violence since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006.