Back-to-back shootings spark new concern about simmering narco violence in Mexico’s tourism heartland

1/18/2017 Business Insider

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Just a day after a multi-homicide shooting marred a music festival in Playa del Carmen, the state prosecutor’s office in nearby Cancun was attacked by gunmen, leaving four dead.

The attack has added to a sense of alarm in an area that has long been the heart of Mexico’s tourism industry, and the violence hints at the criminal presence in the region.

Authorities in Cancun declared a “code red” after at least 10 motorcycle-borne gunmen assaulted the state prosecutor’s office and the Command, Computing, and Communications Control center (C4) at Xcaret and Rojo Gomez Kabah avenues around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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