Cancun tourists are rushing to shelters as armed gangsters raid the beaches of luxury hotels


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Staff and tourists near the Mexican resort city of Cancun were rushed to a shelter after a group of armed men entered the beach outside a luxury hotel and fired.

Two men were killed on Thursday, state officials said as a drug-seller conflict in Hyatt Ziva, Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun.

Entrance to Hyatt Ziva. Officials said no tourists were seriously injured.

Entrance to Hyatt Ziva. Officials said no tourists were seriously injured. Photo: Maria Kraynova / Alamy

“Tourists have never been seriously injured or kidnapped,” the surrounding Quintana Roo security office said on Twitter.

According to local news website Noticaribe, the perpetrators, allegedly armed with “long guns,” rushed into the beach area and struck a gun in the sea of ​​panicked tourists to catch a man. At least one unidentified person was injured after being beaten with the butt of a weapon.

The Quintana Roo Prosecutor’s Office has blamed the case for a “conflict” between drug-trading gangs and killed them.

“There were no serious injuries.” The office said By tweet.

The person who answered the phone at the hotel said he was unaware of the incident on the scene. A Hyatt spokesperson said in an email: “The hotel team understands that they were immediately involved in the local government investigating the situation.”

The incident caused horror among hotel guests.

Hotel guest Andrew Klopp tweeted, “A man with a gun attacked the beach and started shooting.” “Spread your words and ask for help with this. I don’t know what to do.”

The person who answered the phone at the hotel said he was unaware of the incident on the scene. A Hyatt spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Mike Sington, a retired Hollywood executive who was also staying at the hotel Tweet: “All guests and employees are told to be ducks and we are taken to a hiding place.”

He confirmed in a DM to the Guardian that he was “hidden in a dark room.” He later tweeted that his emotionally upset guest came out of hiding.

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Some guests Shared story “While playing volleyball on the beach, a gunman shot a gun. Everyone ran away from the beach and the pool.”

The incident will happen in a few days California travel bloggers and German tourists killed At a beach resort restaurant near Tulum during a shootout between members of a suspicious gang.

The Maya Riviera, which stretches across Cancun and the south, attracts millions of tourists each year and is Mexico’s main source of foreign income.

However, the area has been plagued by violence as drug cartels vie for territory and carry out extortion rackets.

Tourists who continue to flock to the area throughout the pandemic are a substantial local market for drug dealers, and thanks to their strategic location and temporary population, Mexico’s tourist destinations are national. It is also a major territory for criminal groups.

Meanwhile, the government’s strategy of targeting the “Kingpin” exacerbated the conflict as criminal groups split into rival factions competing for territory and trade.

In Cancun, at least four cartels are believed to be competing for cocaine smuggling routes from South America and the local drug market for tourists and locals.