Six killed in bar shooting in Mexican resort of Cancun

MEXICO CITY Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:57pm EDT

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Two men armed with a machine gun and a handgun opened fire in a bar on the outskirts of the Mexican tourist resort of Cancun on Thursday, killing six people and wounding five, the office of the state's attorney general said.

Cancun, a major tourist destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, has largely escaped the drug-related violence that has racked Acapulco, a faded tourist hot spot on the Pacific coast.

Last month, six Spanish women were raped by hooded gunmen who forced their way into the Acapulco beach house the women had rented.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to reduce the violence that soared after his predecessor, Felipe Calderon, launched an assault on drug cartels.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2007.

(Reporting by Isela Serrano; Writing by Elinor Comlay; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Comments (12)
Wowsah wrote:
70,000 people is just an incredible number to try and wrap your mind around. Wow.

Mar 15, 2013 2:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bigcountry951 wrote:
Why am I not surprised?

Mar 15, 2013 3:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
KrisMike wrote:
Dont the criminals know guns are banned in Mexico?

Mar 15, 2013 4:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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