Cartel violence engulfs Mexican border towns – RT World News

The cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito and Ensenada on the US-Mexico border have been besieged by violence as rival drug cartels vie for territory and wage war on police. The violence was so severe that the US consulate in Tijuana advised its employees to “shelter in place until further notice” Friday night.

Baja California state officials reported that 24 vehicles were hijacked and set on fire across the state, including 15 in Tijuana. The city’s mayor, Monserrat Caballero, blamed “organized criminal groups” imploring the cartels to “to settle their debts with those who have not paid what they owe, not with families and hard-working citizens.”

The carnage kept the city closed for most of Saturday, although Caballero said some buses and van routes resumed service in the evening. One person was injured and 17 suspects were arrested, according to the federal Department of Public Safety – seven in Tijuana, four in Rosarito and four others in Mexicali.

Authorities have identified some of those arrested as members of the Jalisco Cartel, which was linked to a series of shootings and arson attacks earlier this week at stores in Jalisco and Guanajuato states.

Nine people were killed in Ciudad Juarez on Thursday, including four employees of the MegaRadio station broadcasting a promotional event outside a pizzeria, after rival gangs began fighting at a local prison.

Just two days earlier, cartel gunmen set fire to vehicles and properties in the states of Jalisco and Guanajuato, including 25 Oxxo chain convenience stores, in response to police efforts to arrest a senior cartel official. from Jalisco.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador denounced the violence, lamenting that the cartels had “attacked the innocent civilian population as a kind of revenge. It was not just a clash between two groups, but it got to the point where they started shooting at civilians, innocent people. That’s the saddest thing about this case.

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