Shootout in Mexican tourist hotspot of Tulum leaves two women dead

A shootout between suspected gang members has left two foreign women dead and three injured at a restaurant in Mexico’s Caribbean beach resort of Tulum.

The women killed were from Germany and India while the injured were from Germany and the Netherlands, the district attorney’s office in Quintana Roo state said.

Famed for its ancient Mayan ruins and turquoise waters, Tulum is one of the country’s top tourist destinations, but it has been shaken by turf wars between rival gangs.

Initial investigations indicated the shooting on Wednesday evening was “an armed clash between criminal groups dedicated to the sale of drugs,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

One of the victims was killed at the scene and another died in hospital, it added.

Tulum’s mayor, Marciano Dzul, told Milenio television that the victims had no known links to the criminals and appeared to have been caught in the crossfire.

One of the alleged gunmen had been arrested, he added.

Dzul acknowledged that Tulum was facing a wave of violence linked to rival gangs involved in drug dealing and extortion.

Mexico is plagued by cartel-related bloodshed that has seen more than 300,000 people murdered since the government deployed the military in the “war on drugs” in 2006.

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