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Cartel hitmen on jet skis open fire on tourist beach in Cancun

April 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel hitmen on jet skis open fire on tourist beach in Cancun

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Two cartel hitmen on jet skis began shooting at a mobile food vendor on a crowded Cancun beach. The attack caused horrified tourists, including children, to run for their lives.

The incident took place on April 19th behind the Hotel Riu, a four-star hotel in Cancun’s tourist area, which is extremely popular among with international and local tourists.

According to local press outlets,’ law enforcement sources, the two cartel members drove up to the beach on jet skis and began firing on a mobile food vendor.

The vendor escaped the attack unharmed. The gunfire led to immediate panic forcing tourists to flee from the beach.

Authorities reported no injuries and the gunmen managed to evade apprehension.

State, municipal and tourist police all responded to the scene and found several shell casings at the beach.

The ongoing cartel violence continues to overtake the once serene beach resort of Cancun. During a recent 24-hour period this month, nine murders were reported. Officials recorded another 14 killings during a 36-hour period between April 4th and April 5th.

The month of April has exceeded the previous record for being the most violent in Cancun’s history. Authorities registered 42 homicides in a 20-day span. This surpasses the previous record (38) for January 2018. Since the beginning of the year, Mexican officials reported 139 killings in Cancun, putting it on pace to crush the previous record set in 2017 with 259 while 165 were recorded in 2016

The out of control violence is attributed to the cartel wars over the disputed lucrative drug territories between CJNG, Los Zetas, Gulf, and independent factions loyal to the Sinaloa Cartel.

The U.S. State Department has kept a level 2 warning for Quintana Roo–directly affecting Cancun. The advisory urges travelers to exercise discretion but does not explicitly recommend they avoid the region.

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