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Drug cartel claims responsibility for bombing tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen

March 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug cartel claims responsibility for bombing tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen

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Authorities in Mexico say a drug cartel has taken responsibility for an explosion that tore through a passenger ferry last week in Playa del Carmen.

The explosion on the Barcos Caribe, which has been operating a Playa del Carmen-Cozumel route for almost three years, experienced an explosion as passengers were exiting the ferry.

According to local reports, 25 victims sustained injuring–seven of whom were American citizens. None of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening.

Those responsible for the blast were revealed during the early morning hours of February 27th when authorities in Cozumel received a call that three armed men were hanging an unknown object to a church fence.

When officers arrived, they found a narco-banner with a threatening message targeting the mayor of Cozumel, Perla Tun Pech, claiming responsibility for the explosion, Breitbart Texas reported.

The banner was signed by the Cártel de “El Pumba” y “Tata” and warned that the same would happen to the mayor’s residence. Aside from the signature of “El Pumba” y “Tata,” there was also a “Z,” noting that the authors of the banner are tied with Los Zetas drug cartel.

Deadly cartel violence has been associated with the dispute over the lucrative drug trafficking territories by CJNG, Los Zetas, Gulf, and independent factions loyal to the Sinaloa Cartel. Quintana Roo saw a 118% increase in murders last year.

The fiery blast of the Barcos Caribe, which was captured on surveillance footage, was initially believed to be the result of a mechanical failure.

Barcos Caribe is linked with former Quintana Roo Governor Roberto Borge Angulo who, along with two business partners, purchased the ferry line while still in office. After leaving, Borge became a fugitive and was later apprehended in Panama trying to board a flight to Paris. He is in custody facing charges of corruption.

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