The United States Embassy in Mexico issued a travel warning for U.S. citizens traveling to the Mexican state of Guerrero, which includes the resort destination Acapulco, in the wake of violence and unrest following the disappearance of 43 students there.

Embassy personnel have been instructed “to defer non-essential travel to Acapulco, by air or land” and are prohibited from traveling by road in any other part of the state. The Embassy, based in Mexico City, cautions American citizens to follow the same guidelines.

Unrest in the area has grown since 43 university students went missing on Sept. 26. It is believed that corrupt local police turned the students over to drug gang members.

Demonstrators in Guerrero have blocked highways, taken control of toll booths, hijacked buses and blockaded Acapulco’s airport.

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