Five others were arrested in the fatal kidnapping of Americans in Mexico

(Image: Tamaulipas State Police/Reuters/AP/Facebook)

(Image: Tamaulipas State Police/Reuters/AP/Facebook)

Mexican authorities have arrested five others in connection with the kidnapping of four Americans in Matamoros.

The five other arrests were announced Friday by Tamaulipas Attorney General Irving Barrios Mojica. This brings the number of people arrested in the case to six, Mojica confirmed.

“The Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office (#FGJT) has issued an arrest warrant for 5 people in connection with the March 3 events in Matamoros on charges of aggravated kidnapping and premeditated simple homicide,” Mojica tweeted.

“Another person arrested in recent days has been linked to the trial.”

It comes a day after the Gulf cartel’s Scorpion squad claimed responsibility for the March 3 attack on Americans who traveled to Mexico for cosmetic surgery. The force also surrendered five of its members and apologized.

The force wrote in a letter to law enforcement that they “have decided to extradite those who were directly involved and responsible.” The five members “acted as a result of their own decision making and lack of discipline,” according to the letter obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.

Gunmen kidnapped Latavia McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown and Eric James Williams shortly after crossing the border into Mexico from Brownsville, Texas.

They were found in a house in Ejido Longoreño, east of Matamoros. Woodard and Brown were found dead. McGee and Williams were found alive Wednesday and taken to a Texas hospital.

After forensic examinations, the bodies of Woodward and Brown were handed over to American diplomats on Thursday, Mojica said.

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