Cancun attack: Five killed as gunmen open fire at bar in Mexico tourist hotspot

Attack comes amid reports of violent drug gang moving into area

Sunday 17 February 2019 11:53 GMT
Emergency services on the scene after shooting at La Kuka bar in Cancun

Five people have been killed and five more wounded after gunmen burst into a bar in the Caribbean resort city of Cancun and opened fire, Mexican authorities have said.

Quintana Roo state prosecutors said in a statement that the attack took place in a bar called La Kuka, which is located on a main avenue in central Cancun about 4 miles (6km) away from the seaside tourist hotel zone.

Prosecutors said four men carrying a long gun and three handguns entered and began shooting. Two of the injured were in critical condition.

Violence has been rising in Cancun and Quintana Roo as a whole amid reports of the Jalisco New Generation cartel moving into the area and fighting local gangs for control.

The cartel has been described as one of the most powerful in Mexico by US authorities and is known for brutal acts of violence.

Last month, federal authorities reported that 774 people had been killed in the state last year, more than double the 359 killings recorded in 2017.

Also in January, gunmen shot and killed seven people at a house in Cancun, an incident that authorities attributed to a dispute between street-level drug dealers.

State police said at the time that a suspected gang leader linked to the Jalisco gang was believed to be behind the attack.

Associated Press

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