Mexico sends in troops to protect tourists from gun-toting gangs

Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 0

With tourists increasingly getting caught in the crossfire between trigger-happy drugs gangs in Cancun, Mexico’s National Guard will be beefed up in the state of Quintana Roo.

At least 1,500 more will be sent with many stationed in and around Cancun.

There has been a rise in violence linked to a gang turf war.

The latest incident saw a shootout on the beach which killed two men.

It led to tourists fleeing in panic.

Two foreign women were not so lucky recently in Tulum.

They died after being hit by stray bullets during a shootout.

"This cannot be repeated, In a few more days, about 1,500 from the National Guard are to be mobilized to Quintana Roo," President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

The extra troops will be permanently based around the tourist zones, the President said.

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