MEXICO CITY (AP/WCMH) — The United States State Department has issued a travel warning for Mexico after an increase in homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery.
Prosecutors say they have found a total of eight dead bodies on the streets of the Mexican resort city of Cancun, with two bodies dumped at two spots and four others found shot to death individually.
The bodies of a man and a woman were found in an abandoned taxi Tuesday, and the dismembered bodies of two men were found in several plastic bags at another spot.
Also Tuesday, one man was found bound and shot to death. The prosecutors’ office for the state of Quintana Roo said another man was killed while lying in a hammock, yet another was found shot and covered in a plastic bag.
Details of the eighth body were not immediately available.
None of the killings occurred in the city’s beach-side hotel zone.
The U.S. State Department issued a level 2 travel advisory Wednesday due to widespread violent crime. A level 2 advisory means people are advised to exercise increased caution.
According to the advisory, there has been an increase in homicide rates in Quintana Roo compared to 2016.
According to Government of Mexico statistics, the state experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016. 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. Shooting incidents injuring or killing bystanders have occurred.
Some parts of Mexico are already under do not travel warnings.