Tijuana goes into lockdown after cars burn across the city

The US Consulate in the region advised Americans to remain in place on Friday evening.

Many Tijuana residents sought refuge Friday evening after burning vehicles appeared throughout the city in what appears to be a coordinated organized crime attack.

According to local authorities, at least 19 vehicles, including both privately-owned and public transportation, were ignited in various cities throughout the state of Baja California, blocking roads in some cases.

Similar vehicle fires were used earlier this week in the Mexican states of Jalisco and Guanajuato to send a cartel message to the Mexican government following the detention of several cartel members in a military operation. It is unclear whether the violence in Tijuana is related.

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Similar vehicle fires were used earlier this week in the Mexican states of Jalisco and Guanajuato to send a cartel message to the Mexican government following the detention of several cartel members in a military operation. It is unclear whether the violence in Tijuana is related.

“In light of the documented facts this Friday, I want to emphasise to you that my government is acting to safeguard the population and tackle each and every violent occurrence that has emerged,” wrote Baja California Gov. Marina del Pilar vila on social media in Spanish.

A few hours earlier, Avila had stated that some suspects in connection with the violent crimes were in jail.

She closed her statement by saying, “I want to assure you that I will not withhold forces, or resources, to oversee the activities that restore our peace and to ensure citizen security.

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On Friday night, Tijuana’s local police and National Guard were more conspicuous than usual.

Fire trucks and members of the National Guard raced to put out a fire outside the Estadio Caliente, the soccer stadium where the local team Xolos was wrapping up a game. Many spectators decided to leave the game early as word of the potential for additional violence spread overnight. After the day’s events, Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero declared that she will continue to maintain a continual security operation.

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She indicated in a video posted to social media that she was coordinating with local, state, and federal officials and that she would send “the 3,000 National Guard troops, 2,000 police, and the entire government body to safeguard Tijuana if it’s required.”

She attributed the incidents to organized crime in the message, in which she also introduced her security secretary, Fernando Sánchez, and urged the populace to maintain their composure.

In a message, the general consul of the United States stated that it was aware of reports of fires, blockades, and police activity in various places throughout the state.

Its tweet reads: “U.S. government employees have been directed to hide in place until further notice.”

Nora Vargas, the county supervisor, retweeted the post from the embassy and urged the bilingual citizens to heed the advice of the government and “avoid needless travel to allow authorities to perform their work and protect safety.” As a precaution, some businesses, including the supermarket chain Climax, closed early. Its Facebook account posted, “Our branches are already closed, and we ask you again not to leave your houses and to shelter in place.”

In a statement, the Autonomous University of Baja California said there will be no courses on Saturday. Additionally, the Tijuana Cultural Center announced that it would stop operating on Saturday.

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