Drug violence sparks chaos at popular tourist resort in Mexico

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(CNN)A edifice successful Mexico fashionable with American tourists was sent into chaos Thursday amid reports of gunfire. According to section authorities, a confrontation between cause dealers had exploded into lethal unit connected a formation nearby.

"There was a confrontation betwixt members of hostile groups of cause dealers connected a formation successful Bahía Petempich, Puerto Morelos. Two of them mislaid their lives astatine the scene," the Quintana Roo authorities prosecutor's bureau tweeted.

No different superior injuries person been reported, it said. A tweet by the authorities secretariat of nationalist information besides emphasized that "there are nary earnestly injured oregon kidnapped tourists."

    Puerto Morelos is simply a fashionable tourer country connected Mexico's eastbound coast, astir 25km (about 15 miles) southbound of Cancun.

      Several guests staying astatine the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun told CNN they had been told to structure successful spot for fearfulness of a menace to the hotel. One said they had heard aggregate gunshots portion astatine the excavation country and unit concisely led them into hiding.

      Hotel guests fell  successful  an bare  country   aft  shots were fired astatine  a edifice  adjacent   the formation  edifice   of Cancun, Mexico, connected  Thursday, successful  this photograph  obtained from societal  media.

      "I was by the excavation erstwhile aggregate successive gunshots occurred. It went connected for a small portion and everyone dove for cover," said the guest.

      "We manned the entrances to the basement and were fixed metallic sticks, adjacent a pedestal bath sink, to support ourselves," the impermanent said.

      The Hyatt edifice institution said section unit are moving with instrumentality enforcement.

        "The information and wellbeing of guests and colleagues is ever a apical priority. We are alert of a processing concern astatine Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun. We recognize the edifice squad instantly engaged section authorities who are connected the country investigating the situation," a Hyatt spokesperson said Thursday.

        The US Embassy successful Mexico City is besides "aware of the reports and the consulate successful Merida is looking into the incident," a spokesperson told CNN.

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