The ongoing battle against illegal casinos in Mexico reached a devastating point in Tijuana, Baja California, when a firebombing at a suspected illegal casino resulted in two deaths and one severe injury. The incident, which occurred on November 22, is now the subject of a homicide investigation.
The establishment, located in the tourist area of Playas de Tijuana, was the target of the attack, which left it engulfed in flames. Firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control, but two individuals lost their lives, and another was left with serious injuries. Eyewitnesses reported seeing two individuals on a motorcycle hurl a Molotov cocktail at the building before fleeing the scene, but apart from this, there are no leads or evidence to pursue.
Tijuana has long struggled with criminal activity, ranging from drug trafficking to organized crime and violence. The city, situated along the US-Mexico border, has been a hotspot for illegal operations due to its strategic location and economic significance. Drug cartels, particularly the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels, have been the driving force behind the criminal landscape in the city, leading to territorial disputes and violent confrontations.
Aside from drug-related issues, Tijuana has also faced problems with organized crime involvement in activities such as extortion, kidnapping, and human trafficking, contributing to a climate of fear and insecurity among the local population.
The recent firebombing incident adds to the complexity of the situation in the region and highlights the challenges authorities face in combating illegal activities. The State Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into the attack, but for now, the case remains open with no concrete leads or suspects. The incident serves as a grim reminder of the dangerous repercussions of allowing illegal casinos to flourish in Mexico.