Sunday, March 11, 2018|4:50 p.m.
MEXICO CITY– Authorities stated Sunday that a crude explosive device triggered a ferryboat blast that injured more than two-dozen people last month in Playa del Carmen, where the United States Embassy has cautioned tourists to stay away from the ferryboats and parts of the Caribbean resort city.
Prosecutors stated they believe there is no motivation for a terrorist group to have actually carried out the attack and also believe criminal gangs would not have done it, understanding it would draw undesirable attention and increased security.
“Responsibility by terrorist organizations or arranged criminal activity has been dismissed,” Deputy Attorney General Of The United States Arturo Elias Beltran said at a press conference.
He included that the bomb “had an extremely restricted capability” and “was not planned to do major damage.”
The Feb. 21 explosion ripped through the upper section of the ferry as it was moored to the dock at Playa del Carmen, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the vessel.
Travelers had already unloaded after making the trip from the close-by resort island of Cozumel however were on the pier at the time. Twenty-six individuals, consisting of American travelers, were hurt– none seriously.
The federal Attorney General’s Workplace said through twitter that on Feb. 19 an individual it did not identify went to the naval station on Cozumel to turn in a device including a length of white PVC pipeline containing cardboard tubes with cable televisions linked to a black box.
“As an outcome of the investigations, it can be concluded that the residues of the explosive artifact (in the Feb. 21 incident) reveal similarity to the one discovered days earlier, and it is clear that it was a simple or homemade artifact,” the office said.
On March 2, another things said to be a possible bomb was discovered connected to the underside of a ferryboat coming from the same business whose boat was bombed previously. That vessel was anchored about 500 lawns (meters) off Cozumel. There were no passengers aboard at the time, and authorities said it had been out of service for over 10 months.
Detectives are pursuing multiple lines of questions however have actually not made any arrests or advanced a conclusive theory about an intention for the explosion.
In the wake of the ferry occurrences, the United States Embassy barred U.S. federal government employees from taking ferryboats between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel and warned American tourists to do the exact same.
The embassy likewise put out a different alert, which it said was based upon a various, undefined “security danger,” that restricts U.S. government employees from taking a trip to 5 neighborhoods in and around a main tourist zone of Playa del Carmen. Numerous complete resorts outside that location are not off-limits, nevertheless.
With the spring holiday kicking into high gear, Mexican authorities sought to assure travelers that it is safe to visit the Caribbean resorts, a major tourist draw for the nation.
Some 60 policeman and sniffer pets have actually been deployed to secure the docks and ferries between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.
Federal Cops Commissioner Manelich Castilla said 900 representatives have been sent to patrol highways, airports and tourist facilities in Quintana Roo state, which is home to Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Cancun and Tulum.
He added that hotel tenancy is typical in the state, which receives 19 million visitors each year, half of them from abroad.
“There have not been cancellations of reservations and … the beaches, without exception, are open without occurrence,” Castilla said at the news conference.
Also Sunday, soldiers and state and federal representatives eliminated the local police force in Tlaquepaque, a big residential area of Guadalajara, Mexico’s 2nd city. Authorities pointed out suspicions of infiltration by organized crime.
Tlaquepaque is known for its colorful, well-preserved colonial core and is a popular outing for travelers staying in Guadalajara.
Jalisco state Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval announced that the Tlaquepaque police head office was taken in a morning operation together with weapons and other equipment. The regional officers were sent out to a police academy for examination and training and will be replaced for the time being by state authorities.
Such interventions generally happen when a regional police is thought to be in league with drug cartels. Last month Jalisco authorities took control of policing in the town of Tecalitlan, where three Italian guys vanished shortly after some sort of encounter with officers.
“This represents a destructive blow versus the insecurity affecting the metropolitan area,” Sandoval stated on Twitter.
“It needs to be stated that the country is suffering from an extraordinary wave of violence. … Jalisco is not separated from exactly what the country is going through,” he added.
Guadalajara is said to be the home base for the violent Jalisco New Generation cartel.