Travel advisory issued after 8 bodies found on streets of Cancun

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WASHINGTON (WJHG/WECP) - The U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for people traveling to Mexico after prosecutors say they found eight bodies on the streets of Cancun.

The travel advisory issued Wednesday calls for visitors to exercise increased caution in Mexico because of crime. The State Department says violent crimes including homicide, kidnapping and robbery are widespread.

Authorities in Mexico say the bodies of two people were found in an abandoned taxi Tuesday, while dismembered bodies of two others were found in several plastic bags.

None of the killings happened in the city's hotel zone.

The State Department said homicide rates have increased in the Quintana Roo state, which is where Cancun is located. While many of the attacks are targeted, some battles between criminal groups occur in areas frequented by U.S. citizens.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.