The U.S. state department has issued a travel warning to all tourists and government officials travelling to certain areas in Mexico. The travel warning comes after many U.S. citizens have been victim to homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states.
Major tourist areas, such as Cancun and Baja California, have been listed as particularly dangerous areas where tourists have been cautioned. Cancun has seen several deadly gang shootouts over the past few months, including one in a holiday resort where three taxi drivers died in a nightclub shootout. Witnesses said at least five armed men entered the bar, threatened customers and shot a man in the head in an execution-style killing. He was believed to be the manager or owner. The attack followed another shootout at an Electronic Dance Music festival in January where five security personnel were killed by a lone gunman.