Back-to-back shootings shake Mexico’s tourism jewels

Mexican soldiers evacuate civilians from a shopping center in the vicinity of the place where a shooting erupted ensuing an attack against the building of the Quintana Roo State Prosecution, in Cancun. (AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican soldiers evacuate civilians from a shopping center in the vicinity of the place where a shooting erupted ensuing an attack against the building of the Quintana Roo State Prosecution, in Cancun. (AFP/Getty Images)

Associated Press / Mercury News

Two consecutive days of shooting attacks that left a total of nine dead have put two of the jewels of Mexico’s Caribbean coast on edge and spurred a warning to tourists by the U.S. government.

As investigators worked Tuesday at the scene of a shooting the previous day that caused five deaths in the nearby beach town of Playa del Carmen, the region was stunned when gunmen assaulted the Quintana Roo state prosecutors’ offices in Cancun, and four people were killed.

Authorities attributed both incidents to organized crime, but made no comment on whether they might be linked.

The governor pleaded for calm, saying the federal government was sending more security forces to help local and state authorities. “Cancun residents and our visitors can go about their lives,” he said in a televised address.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/17/mexico-town-fears-nightclub-shooting-means-drug-war-has-come/

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