MEXICO CITY – Mexican Federal Police said on Saturday it will strengthen security efforts in the tourist resort town of Playa del Carmen, in the Mexican Caribbean, after an explosion on a tourist boat left 24 wounded on Feb. 21 and an unexploded device was detected on another vessel.
Sixty police officers were deployed both in the ports of Playa del Carmen and on Cozumel Island, both connected by the ferry service, the National Security Commission (CNS) said in a statement.
The federal police, according to the CNS, will carry out “checks and surveillance inside the ferries, in the loading areas and waiting rooms, as well as at the various points of boarding and disembarking,” to give peace of mind to visitors of these destinations in the state of Quintana Roo, southeastern Mexico.
In addition, four K9 officers with dogs trained in the detection of firearms, explosives and narcotics will participate in these tasks.
The CNS added that this group of police officers joins the already deployed State Security, Federal Forces and Gendarmerie officers, whose mission is to patrol and serve the citizens over the Easter holidays.
The Attorney General’s Office of the Republic is still investigating the explosion that occurred on a tourist boat on Feb. 21, shortly after it docked in Playa del Carmen, when the last passengers were preparing to disembark.
The discovery of an unexploded device on March 1 in another vessel is also under investigation, this one was anchored about 500 meters from the dock on the island of Cozumel.