U.S. Updates Mexico Travel Warning

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The U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico issued a travel warning yesterday, urging American citizens not to travel to the San Luis Potosi state where two U.S. federal agents were shot earlier this week.

The U.S. government has also barred its employees from traveling to the Mexican state, reports the Associated Press.

Two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were attacked and shot Tuesday on a highway in the state. One was killed and the other wounded. Officials say the pair were shot "in the line of duty" on a road in San Luis Potosi, between Mexico City and the northern city of Monterrey, about 200 miles north of Mexico City.

In a statement, the consulate warns of the "potential for armed robbery and carjackings on state highways" where it says several American citizens "have reported the loss of their vehicles and their possessions under threat from armed men."

The consulate advises travelers that, "U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance."

The warning includes the popular tourist cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.

Tourism in Mexico has had a rough year so far.

Several cruise lines last month decided to bypass Mazatlan, Mexico because of concerns over violence, but most returned after the city increased security at the cruise terminal and at popular tourist sites.

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