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U.S. issues security alert for Playa del Carmen

U.S. issues security alert for Playa del Carmen”

The U.S. embassy didn't disclose further details.

Some tourist destinations have no warnings against them, including Mexico City, Cancun, and Los Cabos.

Late last month, an explosion on a ferry docked at a Playa del Carmen peer injured 25, including several United States citizens. The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen will also be closed until further notice.

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Calgarian Aleks Samardzija witnessed a fatal shooting in 2017 at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen.

"All tourism and economic activity in Playa del Carmen continues in a normal manner", the state government said, according to the Associated Press.

"We take our obligation to provide information to USA citizens seriously as evidenced by the clear, timely and reliable safety and security information we release worldwide", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told ABC News when asked about the new alert in Playa del Carmen. "We encourage travelers to be aware of surroundings and exercise caution", Nauert said Wednesday night.

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Mexico issued a statement late Wednesday, saying that Playa del Carmen remains safe.

The embassy announced a similar advisory that restricted government employees from using ferry service between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel Island after officials discovered another explosive device on a different ferry on March 1.

Samardzija said he went back to Playa del Carmen in January and he has "never felt unsafe" in the tourist destination.

"Remain vigilant, stay in tourist areas and follow local media closely", the advisory reads.

Last week four gunmen burst into a hospital in Cancun and shot to death a drug gang suspect and his wife.

While the state department, members of Congress - both Republican and Democrat - as well as travel websites and Mexican authorities vow they are making changes and doing what they can to ensure the safety of travelers, their slow, bureaucratic efforts have yet to prevent the harms, the Journal Sentinel found. The U.S. State Department confirmed "undetonated explosive devices" were found on the ferry by Mexican law enforcement.

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