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15 people killed in a single day in Acapulco, Mexico

March 14, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
15 people killed in a single day in Acapulco, Mexico

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Violence remains out of control in the once famous beach  Mexican resort town of Acapulco, Guerrero.

In one day, groups of gunmen conducted multiple executions and battled with police forces, eliciting terror among the tourists who still vacation in the area.

Accorrding to local reports, the violence occurred over the weekend as thousands of tourists are expected to arrive at the various beach resorts in Mexico for Spring Break.

State officials verified that they clashed twice with cartel groups, which led to a series of fierce gun battles.

In a prepared statement, state police officer Pedro Almazan Cervantes stated that no one was wounded or killed and they managed to apprehend two alleged gunmen. Almazan also said that that they would be carrying out various enforcement operations throughout the region.

The statements by state police do not mention two cartel gunmen who were killed during the conflicts and the five others that were injured. Authorities also did not mention the more than six cars that were set on fire during the incidents.

Government officials have stayed silent about the over a dozen slayings in one day in the area. One of the first occurred in the tourist area outside of the well-known Krystal Hotel where cartel members fatally shot an unidentified man as he was walked out of the building.

Soon after, the remains of two men were found along the main roadway that leads to the city’s port. The two men were bound and showed signs of torture.

Soon after, cartel hitmen dumped the tortured bodies of three others and left a poster-board, threatening public officials. Police also found the body of a man inside a vehicle that had been set on fire. The bodies of three others were found in the nearby resort town of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. The victims had all been bound, shot, and left with another threatening message.

Crews of gunmen also conducted at least seven other murder in the rural area near Acapulco, which continue to be plagued by cartel violence.

The violence in the area occurs at a time when the Mexican government has been trying to calm tourists in Cancun, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen where an explosive device went off inside a tourist ferry and two others were discovered on another vessel a few days later.

The Mexican government has also been attempting to maintain tourism in the various resort areas of Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur, where cartel violence has driven the region to the top of the violence statistics.

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