Shooting in Mexican tourist hotspot of Tulum kills two foreigners

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Shooting in Mexican tourist hotspot of Tulum kills two foreigners


A shootout between suspected gang members left two foreigners dead and three injured at a restaurant in the Caribbean resort of Tulum, Mexico.

The women killed were from Germany and India, while the injured were from Germany and the Netherlands, the Quintana Roo state prosecutor’s office said.

Famous for its ancient Mayan ruins and turquoise waters, Tulum is one of the country’s top tourist destinations, but has been rocked by turf wars between rival gangs.

The first inquiries indicated that the shooting of Wednesday evening was “an armed confrontation between criminal groups dedicated to the sale of drugs”, the office of the public prosecutor said in a statement.

One of the victims was killed at the scene and another died in hospital, he added.

The mayor of Tulum, Marciano Dzul, told Milenio television that the victims had no known connection to the criminals and appeared to have been caught in the crossfire.

One of the suspected gunmen was arrested, he added.

Dzul admitted that Tulum was facing a wave of violence linked to rival gangs involved in drug trafficking and extortion.

Mexico is in the throes of a cartel-linked bloodshed that has seen more than 300,000 people murdered since the government deployed the military to the “war on drugs” in 2006.

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