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US Close Consulate in Mexico Citing a 'Security Threat'

10 March 2018, 01:14 | Marta Robbins

Two Americans were among the 26 people injured in the February 21 explosion caused by a bomb

Two Americans were among the 26 people injured in the February 21 explosion caused by a bomb

The alert, issued Wednesday night, says USA government employees have to cease traveling to the town "immediately" and "until further notice".

"Our priority is the safety and security of US citizens overseas", the official, who spoke on background, said Thursday in an email.

The State Department warned U.S. citizens against travel to Mexico's Playa del Carmen late Wednesday, a week after an explosive device was found on a tourist ferry in the area.

The undetonated explosives were found on a second ferry that travels the same route between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

"In Mexico alone, we've issued a number of recent security alerts as soon as we received information that travelers should know", the statement read.

Emergency crews attend to the scene of an explosion at Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Feb. 21, 2018, in this still image obtained from social media video. On March 1, local authorities found another explosive device on a ferry also operating out of Playa del Carmen.

The U.S. Embassy issued a travel warning for a resort in Mexico following a ferry explosion.

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Claire Newell with Travel Best Bets has been telling her clients to be more aware of their surroundings when heading to that popular destination.

With the consular agency in Playa del Carmen closed, the nearest consulate would be in Merida in the state of Yucatan, about 175 miles to the west. They are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. Previously, the department had used "travel alerts" for short-term dangers and "travel warnings" for long-term concerns, a distinction that was often confusing.

The Canadian travel advisory for Playa del Carmen follows an alert from the US embassy in Mexico advising Americans of a potential security threat for the area, located on the east coast about 90 minutes south of Cancun.

Conner is one of "numerous" people who also say they were the victim of "sickness, blackouts and injuries" because of bad alcohol served at resorts in Mexico, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"As the safety and security of our guests and crew is our highest priority, our security department remains in close contact with government and private sources as well as our local agents and tour operators and continues to monitor the situation", Princess Cruises said in a statement last Friday.

He said he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time when the shooting occurred, and those kinds of incidents "could really happen anywhere in the world".



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