(MENAFN) The cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, and Ensenada on the US-Mexico border have been overwhelmed by violence as competing drug cartels fight over land and wage conflict with police.
The violence has been so severe that the US Consulate in Tijuana urged its staffs to “shelter in place until further notice” on Friday night.
State officials in Baja California recorded 24 cars had been stolen and set on fire throughout the state, with 15 of those positioned in Tijuana. The city’s mayor, Monserrat Caballero, accused “organized crime groups,” pleading with the cartels to “settle their debts with those who didn’t pay what they owe, not with families and hard-working citizens.”
The carnage kept the city closed for most of Saturday, though Caballero stated some buses and van ways had continued working by the evening.
As per the federal public safety department, one person was injured and 17 suspects were arrested, seven in Tijuana, four in Rosarito, and another four in Mexicali.
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