Tijuana. – At least 19 vehicles were set ablaze this Friday afternoon in five cities in northern Mexico—Mexicali, Ensenada, Tecate, Rosarito and Tijuana—with no information yet to determine which organized The crime group acted together.
The first reports from Baja California officials indicate that there are several taxis with reports of thefts, cargo and passenger buses among the burned vehicles, in which a group of attackers carried the occupants at gunpoint, spraying a flammable liquid And then turned it on fire.
Baja California thus joined the wave of violence that began this week in response to a military operation against the leaders of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in the states of Jalisco and Guanajuato, and which spread on Thursday night along the border of Ciudad Juárez, which was a terrorist attack. lived in the hours in which at least 11 people died.
The port of entry in San Ysidro has not been affected by the wave of violence from organized crime in Baja California.
Via social networks, users reported that, in addition to burning vehicles, armed civilians have blocked access to cities and paralyzed public transport activity.
Baja California Governor Marina del Pilar vila Olmeida shared a message on her Twitter account in which she condemns the incidents and assures that there are already captives for their possible links with violent attacks.
No curfew in Tijuana, assurance to the mayor
“3,000 National Guard and 2,000 police officers and the entire Tijuana security unit will leave if necessary,” assured Montserrat Caballero.
Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero denied curfew in the city and believed citizens could continue their activities on a daily and peaceful basis. If necessary, he said, they are ready to go out with all elements of the military that have been assigned to the city of Tijuana to guard the roads.
Local media reports that the city most affected is Tijuana, where 12 out of 19 fires have been reported from vehicles located on the Francisco Villa neighborhood bridge, as well as on the El Chaparral bridge.
The attacks on vehicles were clearly coordinated and began around 6:45 pm local time and ended at 7:15 pm, including the attacks outside the Xolos Stadium.
So far it is only known that the attackers were masked and no group has claimed responsibility for the violent operation, although social networks have begun to link it to similar incidents in the western state of Jalisco. State officials are yet to pronounce a verdict on the matter.