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At least five killed in shootout near Mexico's Cancun

AFP  |  Mexico City 

At least five people were killed and three others wounded in a between police and criminals near the resort town of Cancun, a magnet for tourists on coast, local officials said.

Around 9 pm (0730 IST today) yesterday unidentified gunmen opened fire after breaking into an enclosure next to a restaurant in Puerto Juarez, located some 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of the tourist area, the said in a preliminary report.

"Of the five killed, one was a ministerial police agent," the statement said, adding that the four others killed apparently worked at the site.

A was among the wounded, and there were no reports of tourists at the site of the shooting, the statement said.

Millions of foreign tourists, especially from the and Europe, visit and other nearby resorts such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum each year.

Since early 2017 however there has been an increased turf war between drug gangs in Quintana Roo.

In the first half of 2018, 279 people were murdered in the southern Mexican state in drug-related violence, according to Semaforo Delictivo, an NGO that follows drug-related

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First Published: Sat, July 28 2018. 14:25 IST