Two tourists died in a firefight between Mexican drug gangs in the city of Tulum and three others were injured, reports the British Guardian. One of the fatalities is a Californian travel blogger, the daily reports.
The shooting occurred on Wednesday in the Tulum resort in southeast Mexico. According to state attorney general Quintan Roo, there was an exchange of fire between members of rival drug gangs.
The stray bullets fatally hit two women identified as Anjali Ryot, an Indian citizen living in San Jose, California, and a German woman named Jennifer Henzold. The first of them was a travel blogger whose profile on Instagram is watched by 42,000 users – reports “Guardian”. One of the fatalities died on the spot, the other died in the hospital. Two German tourists and a Dutch woman were also injured as a result of the shooting. All three were hospitalized.
The mayor of Tulum, Marciano Dzul, informed that the dead and injured had no ties to the criminals and that all indications were that they were accidental victims. He added that the police had arrested one person. Reuters news agency reports, citing a police report, that tourists accidentally found themselves in crossfire as they dined in the garden of a nearby restaurant.
The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a communiqué calling on German citizens in the Tulum or Playa del Carmen area not to move away from their hotels.
A wave of violence
Tulum is one of the most visited places in Mexico by tourists. It is famous for its ancient Mayan ruins, turquoise water and beautiful beaches. However, the region is struggling with a wave of violence, which is the arena of local drug gangs fighting for control of the territory.
In all of Mexico, torn by cartel wars, more than 300,000 people have been murdered since 2006, the Guardian reports.
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