At least five people were killed and three others wounded in a shootout between police and criminals near the resort town of Cancun, a magnet for tourists on Mexico's Caribbean 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 Cancun tourist area, the Quintana Roo state prosecutor's office 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.
Millions of foreign tourists, especially from the United States and Europe, visit Cancun 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 crime.
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