U.S. issues travel warning for Mexican resort town Playa del Carmen

The above video grab shows the moment the ferry exploded as passengers were disembarking

The above video grab shows the moment the ferry exploded as passengers were disembarking

The U.S. has closed its consular agency in a popular Mexican tourist spot and is barring its employees from traveling there over a "security threat".

"Effective immediately, U.S. Government employees are prohibited from traveling to Playa del Carmen until further notice", the security alert states.

According to the Canadian government, on February 21, an explosive device detonated on a popular tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.

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Economic activity and tourism in Playa del Carmen and throughout the state continues as usual, continued the statement. "We encourage travelers to be aware of surroundings and exercise caution", Nauert said Wednesday night. More than 20 people, including foreign travelers, were injured.

The travel advisory was issued Thursday, one day after the United States issued a warning to citizens about a possible security threat in the coastal resort town.

And last week, undetonated explosive devices were found on another boat owned by the same ferry company.

The warning came after the USA embassy in Mexico issued its own alert advising Americans of a potential security threat in the country's popular tourist destination area. Travelers should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if they need assistance.

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"Avoid tourist ferries travelling in the region until further notice, be vigilant, and monitor local media (including social media)", the advisory reads.

Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquín González issued a statement last night in which he played down the security risks and said local officials did not know why the USA had barred its employees from visiting the town. It specifically mentioned risks of traveling to certain parts due to the ongoing cartel violence and warned that USA citizens have been the victims of violent crimes including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery.

Last summer, the department also cautioned vacationers to be careful when drinking alcohol in Mexico. "Shooting incidents injuring or killing bystanders have occurred".

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