Two Canadians found murdered in Mexican beach resort town of Playa del Carmen

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Global Affairs Canada has not released the identities of a Canadian couple whose bodies were found with their throats slit early Monday in a tourist apartment in the beach resort town on the Mexican Caribbean.

According to the police report, the Canadian victims murdered this week suffered cuts to the neck caused by a razor or a knife.

A security guard was also injured in the attacks, according to the Quintana Roo state prosecutor’s office.

The bodies were found in a tourist apartment, near identification documents that included at least three different names for the man, who was wanted internationally for fraud.

Quintana Roo state authorities have indicated that most of the recent attacks on foreigners are related to retail drug sales or extortion.

Global Affairs Canada has updated its travel advisories for Mexico, just hours after the murders early Monday morning.

The alerts advise Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution” in Mexico and avoid non-essential travel in more than a dozen regions “due to high levels of violence and organized crime.”

Those regions are:

  • all Chihuahua
  • all Colima, except the city of Manzanillo
  • all Coahuila, except the southern part of the state at and below the Saltillo-Torreón highway corridor
  • all Durango, except Durango City
  • all Guerrero, except the cities of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Taxco
  • in Guanajuato, on Highway 45 between León and Irapuato and the area south of and including Highway 45D between Irapuato and Celaya
  • all Michoacán, except the city of Morelia
  • in Morelos, the Lagunas de Zempoala National Park and surrounding areas
  • in Nayarit, the area within 20 km of the border with Sinaloa and Durango and the city of Tepic
  • all Nuevo León, except the city of Monterrey
  • all Sinaloa, except the city of Mazatlán
  • all Sonora, except the cities of Hermosillo and Guaymas/San Carlos and Puerto Peñasco
  • all Tamaulipas
  • all Zacatecas

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