TIJUANA, Baja California — The United States Consulate General in Tijuana has lifted a shelter in place order for government employees that went into effect on August 12. The government warned U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Baja California due to crime and kidnapping.
The order was put into effect after a wave of chaos across Baja California, at least 19 vehicles were set on fire in Mexicali, Ensenada, Tecate, Rosarito, and Tijuana, according to Mexican government officials.
Officials confirmed that a total of 17 suspects have been detained from different cities in Mexico. Seven of those suspects were detained in Tijuana.
Mexican government officials attribute the violence to organized crime, saying this has been the third time this week that Mexican cities have witnessed arson and shootings by drug cartels.
However, this is the first time Tijuana was included in the recent wave of violence.
The Mayor of Tijuana, Montserrat Caballero, posted a video on Twitter condemning the violence. She added that she would deploy as many as 2,000 police officers and 3,000 National Guard troops to Tijuana if necessary.
Over the weekend, Caballero ruled out a curfew in the city and said locals can continue with their daily activities.
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