The Los Angeles Times says sophisticated and heavily armed masked bandits have been attacking tourists in Baja California.
The newspaper says at least seven attacks have been reported in
recent months. An Encinitas woman says she was sexually assaulted
in front of her boyfriend during an assault in October.
An El Cajon family says nearly a dozen men held them hostage last month during a carjacking. They finally crossed back into the US with just the clothes on their back.
US officials say they're not sure if the attacks are a trend but note the border area has long been listed as a place where tourists need to be careful.
Meanwhile, Tijuana's new mayor is promising to create a special police force to patrol the coastal highway and keep tourists safe.
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