US Bars Government Employees From Traveling to Acapulco

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 0:18 AM

S. government on Friday barred its employees from traveling to the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, where a rise in homicides attributed to drug gangs has made it one of the world'south deadliest cities in recent years.

The U. S. government on Friday barred its employees from traveling to the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, where a rise in homicides attributed to drug gangs has made it one of the world'south deadliest cities in recent years.

The new travel guidelines posted online by the State Dept extended a ban that already covered nearly the all state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located and which has been a flashpoint of drug violence.

American government employees previously could go to Acapulco as long as they traveled by air instead of land. They're still allowed to visit the Guerrero state resorts of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo if they fly.

Well-known in decades past as a playground for Hollywood stars and other American tourists, Acapulco, a Pacific Coast city of about 700.000 residents, registered nine hundred two homicides latest year, according to government statistics. For all of Guerrero, there were 2.106 killings, a thirty-three % expand over the previous year.

The violence peaked around summer in Acapulco, but murder rates continue to be high and have even become common in tourist zones close the beach.

Latest month, on Excellent Friday, the dismembered bodies of two men were discovered in plastic bags and an ice chest in neighborhoods along the city'south seaside boulevard.

In late February, a roving saleswoman was shot deceased in wide daylight at Condesa beach. Earlier in the mo another victim, a man, was killed in the same area.

And in January, another roving salesman was fatally shot on the sands of Hornos shore by a man who then escaped on a Jet Ski.

There were one hundred thirty-nine killings in Acapulco in January-February two thousand sixteen, the most recent months for which figures are available. That'south up from ninety-five killings during the same two months in two thousand-fifteenth, but lower than the murder rate seen latest summer when one hundred seven people were killed in August alone.

Guerrero is the only Mexican state for which the State Dept has a near-total travel ban for U. S. government employees, although it warns people to "exercise caution in" or "defer nonessential travel to" other parts of the country that are afflicted by drug violence.

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