Armed Marines patrol Brit tourist beaches in Cancun as 5 dead in Mexican gun rampage
Cops say the murderous attack took place in a club called La Kuka located just three miles away from hotels packed with half-term Brit holidaymakers.
Four men carrying a rifle and three handguns entered the nightspot and opened fire in an attack being linked to the cartel wars which have been raging in Mexico.
Earlier this month, we revealed how Mexico was enjoying a huge tourism boom despite record-breaking murder sprees which have left tens of thousands dead.
Now armed troops have been sent to patrol the white sands of the troubled Caribbean country's packed beaches.
Almost 45m holidaymakers, 38m from the US alone, are due to visit the cartel-ravaged country in 2019 – a six per cent increase on last year.
The news came just after it was revealed the murder rate in the central American country soared by a shocking 33 per cent in 2018.
BARGAINS BUT BLOODSHED
Cops opened 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year’s record of 25,036, according to the Interior Ministry.
But that clearly hasn't put bargain-hunting tourists off visiting the tropical paradise which offers sun 365 days a year and all-inclusive seven day breaks from just £430 including flights.
The equivalent holiday in the Caribbean would cost around DOUBLE that price.
And it's not as if tourists have been spared the bloodshed.
The hotspot of Cancun – which attracts around 400,000 Brits a year – has been rocked by a terrifying increase in violent crime in recent years.
Just this week seven young men were shot dead by an armed gang at a house party in the sun-kissed beach resort.
So what does the Foreign Office say?
Drug-related violence in Mexico has increased over recent years, confirms the Foreign Office.
The violence is concentrated in specific areas, and some regions are almost completely spared.
Make sure you research your destination thoroughly before packing your bags.
Politically-motivated violence can also occur, with a problems in Guerrero and Mexico City.
The govt. works to protect major tourist destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta.
These areas have mostly not seen the levels of drug-related violence and crime experienced elsewhere in Mexico.
However, since 2017 there have been a number of shootings and other incidents of violence in these areas, including in locations popular with tourists.
It is believed a confrontation between two rival drug trafficking gangs was to blame for the murderous attack.
And in March, 2018 criminals planted a bomb on a popular tourist ferry in the bustling resort, injuring at least 24 people
Despite the shocking stats, the Mexican government is quick to point out the country is currently the sixth most visited in the world.
However, they can't deny Mexico has struggled with years of violence caused by the battled brutal drug cartels.
Morgues in Guerrero and several other states in Mexico have been overwhelmed by the number of bodies found on streets and in clandestine graves. Many are never identified.
And in April, tourists watched in horror as a man’s butchered body washed ashore at Acapulco’s Caletilla Beach.
Horrifying images showed stunned beachgoers standing near the water as officials removed the corpse.
During the same month, 16 people – including six police officers – were killed in two confrontations also in Guerrero, during a bloody gun battle which lasted half an hour.
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