Mexico: Two foreign tourists killed during drug-related shootout in Tulum

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Added 2021-10-23


The District Attorney's office stated that the shooting, second in the last six weeks, at a bar in Tulum’s "Mini Quinta" tourism zone was “an armed clash between criminal groups dedicated to the sale of drugs”. Two women, an Indian (a popular travel blogger and senior LinkedIn employee) and a German tourist were killed while three more tourists were injured. The local NGO Observatorio Ciudadano de Tulum, has posted on its Facebook page a photo of a hand-written sign, apparently from a local gang, containing a warning to tourism businesses that more violence will follow in the tourism zone if "protection money" is not paid. According to Riviera Maya News, the new Tulum Mayor Marciano Dzul linked the tragic event to his administrations efforts to solve public safety problems and "admitted having received a police force full of anomalies". The German Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for the Riviera Maya.