US State Dept. issues travel warning for Mexico violence


Officials have issued a new Travel Warning saying that violent crime - including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery - has targeted USA citizens in several Mexican states.

The new travel warning replaced the travel warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.

Gangs involved in the narcotics trafficking are having gun battles taking place "on streets and in public places during broad daylight", according to the Travel Warning.

The warning followed another USA advisory that tainted alcohol at resorts in Mexico may be linked to numerous reports of death, blackouts, injuries and illnesses among American tourists.

The State Department warns of three types of kidnapping: "traditional", in which a victim is physically abducted and held for ransom; "express", in which a victim his held for a short time and forced to withdraw money; and "virtual", in which a victim is coerced by phone threats to provide phone numbers of family and friends, and then isolated until a ransom is paid.

"While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by USA citizens", the department writes of both states, as well as of Baja California.

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The U.S. State Department has widened an existing travel warning on Mexico to extend to the popular tourist region that includes Cancun.

The United States Department of State issued a travel warning Tuesday for Mexico.

State authorities and executives of the company Airbnb are scheduled to sign an agreement that will see Airbnb regulated in the state of Quintana Roo.

The State Department has issued a fresh assessment of travel concerns in Mexico which includes several popular tourism spots. The violence has led to innocent people being killed as bystanders, the Los Angeles Times reported. In Baja California Sur, which includes Los Cabos, the homicide rate has been on the rise since past year.

For Veracruz and Chiapas, the warning prohibits USA government personnel from leaving tourist areas or using public transportation.