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6 killed in shooting on outskirts of Cancun

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At least six people were killed on the outskirts of the Mexican resort area of Cancun Thursday when two men armed with automatic rifles and a handgun opened fire in a bar in a working class neighborhood, according to media reports.

The Telegraph puts the death toll at seven and said four others were wounded in the shooting at The Mermaid bar located several miles from Cancun's main tourist area.

Public Safety Secretary Jesus Aiza said most of the victims belonged to a taxi drivers union, according to the Associated Press. Soldiers were assigned to guard those being treated at a hospital.

Aiza said the gunmen arrived in two cars Thursday afternoon, went inside the bar and began shooting.

Reuters noted that Cancun, located on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, has largely escaped the kind of drug violence that has plagued other parts of the country.

Last month in Acapulco, a fading vacation spot on the Pacific coast, six Spanish tourists were raped by hooded men at a beach house.

The Telegraph noted that armed army personnel regular patrol the most popular tourists spots in Cancun that thousands of Americans will visit soon for Spring Break.

Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

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