Two killed in gunfight between gang members near Cancun resort

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Two suspected drug gang members were gunned down Thursday on a beach near the Mexican resort town of Cancun, authorities said, in an apparent gangland killing weeks after two tourists were killed in crossfire on a other beach.

Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office said warring gangsters clashed on a beach in Bahia Petempich, Puerto Morelos, and two of them were killed, hours after reports made state of a shooting began to circulate on social networks.

Police said earlier that a group of armed men carrying long guns were seen in the area of ​​the Azul Beach Hotel.

A senior state official said a group of armed men arrived by boat in pursuit of the men who had been killed, which another Mexican official said appeared to be a targeted “execution”.

The attorney general’s office said on Twitter that there were no other serious injuries.

Alarmed tourists tweeted that shots were fired at a resort in Cancun, where staff had told them to hide.

Twitter user Mike Sington told Reuters he covered himself up with other guests at his hotel. Other guests told him they heard gunshots and a gunman was on the beach, he said.

“Hiding in the dark now. I was told he was an active shooter on the property,” Sington said. “The paramedics are here.”

Sington then tweeted that the guests had been taken out of hiding and taken to the lobby, where they cried and kissed.

At least one tourist who was in the area received treatment for a head injury, local television station Milenio reported.

Mexican security forces were sent to reinforce Tulum, a popular resort town about 130 km from Cancun, after two foreign tourists were killed and others injured last month in a shooting between suspected members of gangs.

(REUTERS)

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