Wednesday 17 January 2018

Three young men shot dead in popular tourist district

Federal police patrol Caleta beach in Acapulco, Mexico (AP)
Federal police patrol Caleta beach in Acapulco, Mexico (AP)

Three men have been shot dead in a popular tourist district in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, authorities confirmed.

Two 21-year-olds and a 27-year-old were killed on a street just off the beach, the Guerrero state prosecutor's office said.

No further details were immediately available on the victims, and there was no word on a possible motive.

Acapulco city and Guerrero state in general have experienced a wave of violence attributed to warring drug gangs.

Authorities say at least two rival groups are fighting for control in Acapulco, which for decades was famed as a favourite beach destination for Hollywood stars and other tourists.

The US government recently banned its employees from travelling there due to the violence.

Press Association

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