Violent crime breaks out in popular Mexican tourist spot, Tijuana

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Baja California has seen at least 30 vehicles burned and violent crime has broken out in Tijuana and nearby towns. The US Consulate recently warned US citizens to avoid the area and shelter in place until further notice.

The violence erupted due to a conflict between several cartels in the area. At least 17 people have been arrested in connection with the conflict. Three of those arrested have been identified as members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

State Governor Marina Del Pilar pledged to “apply the full force of our government so that there is peace and that we find those responsible for these attacks.”

In a reportthe US consulate said it was “aware of reports of multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks and heavy police activity” in several towns in the region and urged its employees to shelter in place.

Troops sent to Tijuana and border towns

Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero has urged drug gangs to end the violence. In a video, she said “Today we say to the organized criminal groups who commit these crimes, that Tijuana will stay open and take care of its citizens”, Mayor Caballero also asked the groups “to settle their debts with those who have not paid what they owe, not with families and hardworking citizens.

On Saturday, 350 soldiers were sent to Tijuana to help with the situation that began on Friday. 3,000 troops and 2,000 police were deployed across the state to restore order. Tijuana was eventually shut down with stores, universities, and local bus services closed for the period. After a weekend of cartel violence, the typically bustling Tijuana region is trying to get back to normal without curfews or scares. There were no fatalities over the weekend, one person was injured.

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