2 Canadians found dead of stab wounds in Mexican resort

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MEXICO CITY – Two Canadians – one of whom is wanted by Interpol – have been found dead of stab wounds in Playa del Carmen, a Mexican resort on the Caribbean coast, the state attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Prosecutors in the state of Quintana Roo, which is also home to resorts like Cancun and Tulum, said the man and woman were found dead Monday at a hotel or condominium in the beleaguered resort, and that a third person was reportedly injured.

There was no immediate information about their names or hometowns. “Global Affairs Canada is aware of the deaths of two Canadian citizens in Mexico,” the ministry said in a statement.

But prosecutors confirmed the male victim was on an Interpol wanted list for fraud.

Playa del Carmen has been hit by several cases of violence involving foreigners, most recently in January, when two Canadians were killed at a local resort, apparently over debts between international drug and arms trafficking gangs .

In March, police in Playa del Carmen found the bodies of four men dumped near a housing estate. The fact that the bodies were left together in the shrubbery next to an access road suggested a gangland type murder.

There have been a series of brazen acts of violence elsewhere along Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast, the crown jewel of the country’s tourism industry.

In November, a shooting on the beach in Puerto Morelos, just north of Playa del Carmen, left two suspected drug traffickers dead. Authorities said about 15 gunmen belonged to a gang that was apparently vying for control of drug sales there.

In late October, further south in the laid-back destination of Tulum, two tourists – one an India-born Californian travel blogger and the other German – were caught in the apparent crossfire of rival drug dealers and killed.

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