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Cartel violence engulfs Mexican border cities

Added 08-14-22 02:37:07am EST - “Mexican drug cartels are reportedly targeting civilians and their property amid turf wars and clashes with police” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Cartel violence engulfs Mexican border cities”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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

State officials in Baja California reported 24 vehicles had been hijacked and set on fire throughout the state, with 15 of those located in Tijuana. The city’s mayor, Monserrat Caballero, blamed “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 shut down for most of Saturday, though Caballero said some buses and van routes had resumed service by the evening. One person was wounded and 17 suspects were detained, according to the federal public safety department – seven in Tijuana, four in Rosarito, and another four in Mexicali.

The authorities identified some of those arrested as members of the Jalisco cartel, which has been tied to a series of shootings and arson incidents earlier this week at stores in the states of Jalisco and Guanajuato.

On Thursday, nine people were killed in Ciudad Juarez, including four MegaRadio station employees broadcasting from a promotional event outside a pizza store, after rival gangs began fighting at a local prison.

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