Cartel gunmen raid beach on jet skis days after army sent in to protect tourists

Holidaymakers were left terrified after three armed drug cartel gunmen raided a beach in Cancun using jet skis.

The gunmen opened fire yesterday in the Playa Langosta area, Cancun's hotel district, just days after the Mexican army were deployed to the state of Quintana Roo to protect tourists.

Fortunately, no tourists or hotel workers were killed in the raid, with the gang eventually making their getaway.

A 911 call was made at around 11.30am on Tuesday after the men on jet skis started attacking other men, according to Borderland Beat.

Security personnel from Mexico's Single Command, National Guard and Prosecutor's Office all responded to the scene.

The attackers managed to escape on land, and the jet skis used to launch the attack were confiscated.

The hunt for the three cartel gunmen is ongoing.

The head of the Quintana Roo Public Security Secretariat, Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, confirmed on Twitter that nobody had been hurt.

He wrote: "The institutions that make up the Coordination Group for the Construction of Peace and Security, attended a report of firearm detonations in the Hotel Zone of #Cancun.

"Thanks to the rapid action of the elements, no injured persons were found and 3 jet skis were seized, where the alleged perpetrators were travelling. The search for said subjects continues."

The attack comes just days after Mexico deployed the army to Cancun to protect tourists, with cartel violence spiralling out of control.

A 1,500-strong battalion from Mexico's National Guard appeared last Wednesday following cartel shootings on November 17 which claimed the lives of two female tourists.

The shooting led Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to introduce a Tourist Security Battalion in the National Guard, which included personnel from both the Mexican army and navy.

The move was "too little, too late", former US Marshal Robert Almonte told the Daily Mail.

November 17's killings were just the latest in a new wave of drug cartel violence that has gripped the sunny resort of Cancun.

On November 4, 15 'sicarios' – cartel assassins – shot and killed two rival drug dealers on a beach next to the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun hotel.

Two other holidaymakers died in an October 20 shootout in the tourist town of Tulum, with three more wounded.

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