Baja California Seeks Return to Normalcy After Explosion of Cartel Violence

It was the third time in a week that cartels unleashed widespread mayhem in cities across Mexico.

Baja California Seeks Return to Normalcy After Explosion of Cartel Violence

Baja California residents struggled Sunday to return to everyday life after hooded bandits associated with criminal cartels effectively shut down much of the region Friday, reports the Los Angeles Times. The assailants hijacked and burned at least two dozen vehicles and put up roadblocks around the state Friday evening. Messages also began circulating on social media, purportedly from the Jalisco New Generation cartel, declaring a curfew in Tijuana and warning residents to go home or risk being attacked.

In response, some 300 troops, along with 50 national guard members, were flown in to support 3,000 national guard troops and the 2,000-strong Tijuana police force that, according to the mayor, were already patrolling. It was the third time in a week that cartels unleashed widespread mayhem in cities across Mexico. The shutdowns in Baja, which affected Tijuana, Tecate, Mexicali, Ensenada and Rosarito Beach, were reportedly at the hands of the same cartel responsible for a recent series of similar attacks in Ciudad Juárez, and the states of Jalisco and Guanajuato, but other connections were not immediately known.