Updated: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:15:00 GMT | By MSN News
Canadians killed in Mexico

Tourist destination with a dark side



Tourist destination with a dark side (© AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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  • Ron Mackintosh with his dog, overlaid a beach in Mexico. (© Getty Images/CBC news)
  • Duane Lang. (© Handout/The Canadian Press; CBC)
  • Police officers guard the entrance to a Starbucks coffee shop after former Federal Police agent Edgar Enrique Bayardo was gunned down in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. (© AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
  • Salih Abdulaziz Sahbaz (© Screen shot from CBC video)
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Mexico is a tourist mecca for Canadians. Almost 1.5 million Canucks visited the country's sandy beaches and sunny vistas in 2010, according to the Mexican Embassy in Canada. But behind the tourist-friendly veneer there can be some dangers. With a violent drug war raging across the country, Canadians have been caught in the crossfire of shootouts and targeted by thieves and armed robbers.

Follow the gallery to see some of the stories of Canadians who became victims.

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