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Car explosion against Playa del Carmen police station possible gang retaliation

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A car fire outside the Playa del Carmen police headquarters caused a stir and material damage late Tuesday night. Although media speculation reported a grenade as the likely reason for the explosion, the Chief of Police clarified that not to be the case.

The Secretary of Public Security of Quintana Roo, Jesús Alberto Capella Ibarra reported that “Tuesday at 11:45 p.m. the explosion of a vehicle was recorded outside the Q. Roo de Solidaridad.” He added that according to an investigation carried out by elements of the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) they “discard the use of sophisticated explosive devices or some fragmentation grenade,” adding that no injuries were reported, only material damage.

The incident happened late Tuesday night outside the main facilities of the Quintana Roo Police based in Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) located in the the Ejido neighborhood where rescue units and firefighters arrived to assist with the fire of the vehicle.

Jesús Alberto Capella Ibarra noted that in recent weeks, there have been significant arrests of alleged extortionists, murderers and drug dealers in that area. “These actions simply further motivate us to remain relentless and decisive against crime. We will continue to advance,” he said.