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Belgian tourist murdered in Mexican Pacific resort city

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Acapulco, Mexico, Feb 24 (EFE).- A Belgian tourist was gunned down by several men who attempted to steal his luxury car in the Mexican Pacific resort city of Acapulco, prosecutors said.

Jan K.M. Sarens was killed by a gunshot "in the left side of the chest" in Diamante, one of the most upscale sections of the resort city, the Guerrero state Attorney General's Office said.

The 59-year-old tourist was murdered around 4:43 p.m. on Saturday, the AG's office said.

The Belgian tourist was murdered nearly three weeks after six Spanish tourists were raped in Acapulco's Punta Diamante section.

Several suspects have been arrested in connection with the rapes.

Sarens was shot at point-blank range when he resisted an attempt by several individuals to steal his Mercedes-Benz, which had Federal District tags, eyewitnesses told Efe.

The victim resisted the robbery attempt, shifting into reverse and hitting a planter, which punctured one of the rear tires, the eyewitnesses said.

Sarens's body was found by police next to the luxury car.

Paramedics were unable to save Sarens, the AG's office said.

"He worked in Mexico City at the SRNS Latinoamerica SA de CV company and was a temporary resident," the Guerrero AG's office said.

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