Fears of attack on tourists on Mexico beach after pilot under investigation

Cancun, the largest city in Mexico’s Caribbean coast, was placed under a state of emergency on Friday after gunmen allegedly attempted to launch a jet ski attack on people on a beach in the tourist zone of the nearby resort of Playa del Carmen.

According to a Facebook post from the Cancun municipality, guests, employees and police rushed into the ocean to escape the attack, which was reportedly sparked by an apparent disagreement between two passengers of a jet ski. The post also said that local authorities were investigating the incident.

A Mexican news outlet, however, said that a group of security officers on a boat witnessed the beginning of the attack and pushed the attackers off the beach before police arrived to quell the situation. The newspaper identified the attackers as two women from Massachusetts, who fled after the shooting occurred.

Cancun has been plagued by a number of brutal attacks against tourists, the deadliest of which in July 2017 killed 13 people, according to The Washington Post.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.


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