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Three shot dead near beach in Mexican resort of Acapulco

Published 15/05/2016

Federal police patrol Caleta beach in Acapulco, Mexico (AP)
Federal police patrol Caleta beach in Acapulco, Mexico (AP)

Three men have been shot dead in a popular tourist district in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, authorities confirmed.

Two 21-year-olds and a 27-year-old were killed on a street just off the beach, the Guerrero state prosecutor's office said.

No further details were immediately available on the victims, and there was no word on a possible motive.

Acapulco city and Guerrero state in general have experienced a wave of violence attributed to warring drug gangs.

Authorities say at least two rival groups are fighting for control in Acapulco, which for decades was famed as a favourite beach destination for Hollywood stars and other tourists.

The US government recently banned its employees from travelling there due to the violence.

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