Two Canadians killed in Mexican Caribbean resort

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MEXICO CITY, June 21 (Reuters) – Two Canadian citizens, a man and a woman, have been killed in the resort town of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, authorities said on Tuesday.

The killings in the state of Quintana Roo follow the shooting deaths in January of two Canadians with criminal records in the nearby city of Cancun.

A senior state official told Reuters the man, whose identity has not been made public, was wanted by Interpol.

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“He was not a tourist,” the official said, adding that the man had been hiding in Mexico for about four years.

Mexican media said the victims had their throats cut, citing a local police report. The Quintana Roo attorney general’s office said the two suffered stab wounds, but did not immediately respond to requests for additional comment.

Their bodies were found in a local accommodation and a third person, a man, was also injured, the office said.

The Canadian Embassy in Mexico confirmed that the deceased were Canadian citizens and said it was in contact with local authorities. He said he could not reveal any further information at this time.

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Reporting by Dave Graham Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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