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Mexico. The mayor of the city of Tijuana received threats. Montserrat Caballero will live in a military base

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The mayor of the northern Mexican organized crime city of Tijuana said she had “received threats” and was moving to a military base. Montserrat Caballero also reported that a car with the bodies of seven people was found in the city.

“I have received threats, so I will be staying at a military base,” Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero said on Tuesday. She did not say who threatened her. However, it is well known that in Tijuana, which borders the California city of San Diego, several drug cartels compete for influence and territory.

The mayor of Caballero also said that a car with the bodies of seven people was found in the city on Monday.

The Mayor of Tijuana, Montserrat CaballeroJoebeth Terriquez/PAP/EPA

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Tijuana Homicide Rise

There are more murders in Tijuana than any other city Mexico. In May, police reported that 1,818 people had been killed in the previous 12 months. The number of homicides has increased by nearly 10% in the last year.

In 2022, the mayor of Caballero asked the cartels in a video released to stop murdering innocent people. “We’re asking them to settle their accounts with those who owe them money, not with families and hard-working citizens,” she said.

The Mexican Secretariat (Ministry) for the Protection of Citizens reported last November that there were 135,464 intentional homicides between December 1, 2018 and October 30, 2022.

Main photo source: Joebeth Terriquez/PAP/EPA

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