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U.S. closes consulate in Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez | Reuters

U.S. closes consulate in Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez | Reuters

(Reuters) – The U.S. government has shut indefinitely its consulate in Mexico’s most violent drug war city Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, to evaluate security conditions.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico City said in a statement on Thursday that the Ciudad Juarez consulate would “remain closed until the security review is completed.”

A U.S. enforcement official who declined to be named said the consulate had closed after receiving a “credible threat” but did not have more details. The embassy was not immediately available for comment.

It is not the first time the consulate, which processes Mexicans looking to travel or emigrate to the United States, has been shuttered. It closed briefly in March after three people connected to the consulate were murdered by drug hitmen.

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