Playa del Carmen Security Threat: US Says Avoid Mexican Resort

Blooded victims were seen being treated at the scene after the explosion

The embassy is barring US government employees from travelling to Playa del Carmen, in the state of in Quintana Roo. The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen will also be closed until further notice.

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

That warning was triggered by an explosion aboard a ferry in Playa del Carmen.

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The Quintana Roo state government said, "All tourism and economic activity in Playa del Carmen continues in a normal manner".

Asked about the new alert, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told ABC News that "we take our obligation to provide information to U.S. citizens seriously as evidenced by the clear, timely and reliable safety and security information we release worldwide".

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Last week, undetonated explosives were discovered on another ferry that, like the first one, shuttled tourists between Playa del Carmen and nearby Cozumel island.

Emergency crews attend to victims of the explosion in Playa del Carmen on February 21.

The U.S. government has offered no details regarding the nature of the perceived security threat, either publicly or to the state government. Travelers should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if they need assistance.

"Avoid tourist ferries travelling in the region until further notice, be vigilant and monitor local media (including social media)", the advisory said. The State Department's alert system puts it at a "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution".

"We do not know the reason for the decision of the USA government to issue this statement", the office said, adding that it is ready to cooperate with the U.S.to ensure the safety of USA tourists.

The Canadian government has added Mexico's most popular tourist destination to its list of travel advisories for the country. It specifically mentioned risks of traveling to certain parts due to the ongoing cartel violence and warned that US citizens have been the victims of violent crimes including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery.

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