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Bodies of two Canadians found in Mexican resort city of Playa del Carmen with their throats slit

The bodies of two Canadians have been discovered in a posh resort apartment in Mexico, local police and prosecutors have said.

The couple, a man and a woman, were found Monday in a condominium frequented by tourists in Playa del Carmen, with both throats slit.

A third victim, a man, was also injured in the Oasis 12 apartment complex, the prosecutor’s office said Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the third victim was the complex’s security guard, but have not revealed whether that incident was related to the other deaths – which are being treated as homicides. The building is located near the city center.

The identities of the victims have yet to be released, but police say one of the dead, the man, was wanted by Interpol for fraud.

Police did not specify whether the couple was on the run, but said the male victim was not a tourist.

The complex is mostly frequented by travelers and can be rented overnight.

The incident is the latest in a series of violent incidents in the state’s beach towns, which are vital to the country’s tourism industry.

The couple, a man and a woman, were found Monday in the luxury condominium Oasis 12 in Playa del Carmen, with both throats slit.

The couple, a man and a woman, were found Monday in the luxury condominium Oasis 12 in Playa del Carmen, with both throats slit.

A senior state official said Monday that the male victim was a fugitive who had been hiding in the country for four years.

“He was not a tourist,” the official told Reuters, without disclosing the identity or age of the man or his female companion. He did not disclose how the couple was related.

During a search of the apartment where the victims’ bodies were found, multiple identifications for the male victim were discovered by police, local police officers said.

The ID cards all showed the male victim, but they had three different names on them.

The couple was discovered in an apartment in the luxury complex, which offers luxury accommodations to tourists.  Victims' identities have yet to be released - but police say one of the dead, the man, was wanted by Interpol for fraud

The couple was discovered in an apartment in the luxury complex, which offers luxury accommodations to tourists. Victims’ identities have yet to be released – but police say one of the dead, the man, was wanted by Interpol for fraud

The couple had reportedly stayed at the resort town, located near Cancun and Cozumel, for months - suggesting the couple may have been on the run.  A senior state official said Monday that the man was a fugitive who had been hiding in the country for four years and not a tourist.

The couple had reportedly stayed at the resort town, located near Cancun and Cozumel, for months – suggesting the couple may have been on the run. A senior state official said Monday that the man was a fugitive who had been hiding in the country for four years and not a tourist.

The couple had reportedly stayed at the resort town, located near Cancun and Cozumel, for months – suggesting the couple may have been on the run.

The Canadian embassy in Mexico confirmed the deceased were Canadian citizens and said it is in contact with local authorities.

The discovery comes amid a recent spate of attacks on tourists in the area – a known hotspot for drug cartel activity – in connection with drug trafficking or extortion.

In March, a British man was shot in his convertible while driving with his daughter on a highway near Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo state.

The man had been a permanent resident of Mexico since 2013 and was threatened by a local gang prior to the roadside ambush, police said at the time.

That same month, police in Playa del Carmen found the bodies of four men who had been dumped near a local residential area. The fact that the bodies were dumped next to an entryway suggested a gangland-style murder.

In January, two Canadians were killed after being caught in the crossfire of a gunfight that broke out between suspected gang members at the Hotel Xcaret Mexico, also in Playa del Carmen.

Last October, tourists from both Germany and India died under similar circumstances.

A third victim, a man, was also injured in the Oasis 12 apartment complex, the prosecutor's office said Tuesday.  It was not immediately clear why the three were the target

A third victim, a man, was also injured in the Oasis 12 apartment complex, the prosecutor’s office said Tuesday. It was not immediately clear why the three were the target

Local police did not name the two deceased, but said the male victim was not a tourist

Local police did not name the two deceased, but said the male victim was not a tourist

Many believe the brutal actions along Mexico’s busy Mayan Riviera coast, which serves as the center of the country’s all-important tourist industry, are the result of a more than 15-year offensive against the infamous Mexican cartel.

The country has seen a sharp rise in murders and disappearances since the launch of a controversial military campaign to quell organized crime in 2006.

The country has since recorded more than 340,000 murders and tens of thousands of disappearances.

Police are investigating the Canadian couple’s deaths as homicides.

The investigation is currently underway.

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