Two dead in a shooting in Cancun due to a narco confrontation: panic among tourists who ended up hiding in a hotel

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a shooting in a luxurious hotel in Cancún It caused a commotion among the tourists present who had to run from the beach area and hide in their rooms. The shots were fired by members of two criminal gangs opposites that faced there and as a consequence two drug dealers died, while no tourists were injured.

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It all started when a group of armed men arrived at Bahía Petempich beach, about 30 kilometers south of Cancun, in Puerto Morelos, near the Hyatt Riviera hotel, and began shooting. At that moment, the tourists ran into the hotel, where the staff told them to hide in the rooms and in the kitchen area.

The Quintana Roo state prosecutor’s office later indicated through its official Twitter account that the confrontation was between opposing criminal gangs. For his part, Lucio Hernández, Secretary of State Security, indicated that the two deceased were “men who are presumed to be drug dealers” and added that “There are no seriously injured or kidnapped tourists.”

“Gunmen came shooting,” tweeted Mike Sington, executive of the US network NBC Universal, who was at the scene. ”They all ran from the beach and the pools. The (hotel) staff told us to hide in the rooms behind the kitchens, ”he wrote as the events unfolded. Sington also posted images of tourists, many in bathing suits, sheltering in the hallways of the Hyatt Riviera.

Forensic service personnel, as well as members of the National Guard, arrived at the facilities, while a helicopter from the Secretary of the Navy flew over the area, AFP reported. On the other hand, no further details were provided on whether there were minor injuries.

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Shootings in the Mexican Caribbean

On October 20, another shootout between suspected drug dealers It cost the lives of two tourists, one German and one Indian, in Tulum, a seaside resort south of Cancun and a neighbor of the paradisiacal Riviera Maya.

In January 2017, three foreigners and two Mexicans died during a shooting at an electronic music festival in neighboring Playa del Carmen.

These incidents have led European countries and the United States to issue alerts to their citizens about the risks of visiting the Mexican Caribbean, between the top beach destinations worldwide. Tourism represents 8.5% of Mexico’s GDP and is the main economic activity in the southeastern region of the country.

Since December 2006, when the federal government launched a controversial military anti-drug operation, more than 300,000 violent deathsaccording to the authorities, who attribute most of the murders to organized crime.

Although most violent incidents have been recorded far from exclusive hotels, in recent years there have been armed clashes in tourist areas such as this Thursday.

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