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Cancun and Los Cabos violence has been cited in a U.S. tourism warning issued by the State Department Tuesday, cautioning Americans about the surge in crime in the popular Mexico tourism destinations.
The travel warning said an increase in violence in Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur has resulted from turf battles involving criminal groups in those Mexican states. The violence has led to innocent people being killed as bystanders, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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The warning followed another U.S. advisory that tainted alcohol at resorts in Mexico may be linked to numerous reports of death, blackouts, injuries and illnesses among American tourists.
"According to Secretaría de Seguridad Pública del Estado de Baja California and Secretaría de Gobernación statistics, the state of Baja California Sur experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016," the State Department warning said about Baja California Sur, where Los Cabos is located.
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"While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens," the warning continued.
A similar warning was issued in Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located.
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