Tijuana, Mexico, is seeing a wave of cartel-related violence and riots so bad that the consulate warned Americans to shelter in place as the Mexican National Guard comes in

Just on the south side of the California border, Tijuana, Mexico is experiencing a deadly wave of violence and rioting. The United States Consulate in Tijuana has warned American employees to shelter in place until further notice, as the cartels battle in the streets.

From Zero Hedge:

The violence began in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city on the Rio Grande, just south of El Paso, Texas, with a prison battle between two rival cartels that left eleven people dead — then the chaos spread outside into the streets of the city.

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By the weekend, the violence moved west, warranting the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana to advise Americans to shelter in place after a sudden eruption of violence.

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The cartels are carrying out coordinated strikes in Tijuana as the conflict continues to heat up.

Vehicles and storefronts are burning as individuals are warned not to go out past 10:00pm

The apparent turf war has even gotten so bad that the US border has been shut down by hijacked vehicles.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Mexican National Guardsmen have been brought in to try and restore order to the popular tourist destination.

The escalating violence has included dozens of vehicular hijackings, burning vehicles, vandalized and firebombed businesses, but very few injuries thus far.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel has threatened anyone they see out on the streets in Northern Baja California.

“Be warned. As of Friday at 10 p.m. through Sunday at 3 a.m. we’re going to create mass chaos so the [expletive] government frees our people. We’re the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, we don’t want to hurt good people but it’s best they don’t go outside, we’re going to attack anyone we see on the streets on these days,”  the group warned.

The ongoing civil unrest and destruction in Tijuana may even exacerbate the current border crisis, as all-out-war between the cartels, or between the state and the cartels, will surely cause people to flee north.

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