The U.S. has issued a travel advisory for Mexico after authorities found eight bodies in Cancún this week.
Travelers to Mexico are advised to “exercise increased caution,” according to the State Department advisory, which says that “violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.”
The Associated Press reports that the eight bodies were found in the Cancún area on Tuesday. "Two of the victims were found in an abandoned taxi, while two others were found dismembered in plastic bags at another location, according to the AP. A fifth man was discovered bound and fatally shot on Tuesday, while another was found dead in a hammock. The seventh victim was shot to death and discovered in a plastic bag," it said.
“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 U.S. citizens,” the State Department said in the advisory.