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From the British paper, the Guardian this morning:

“Violent clashes across the Mexican state of Michoacan killed at least 20 gunmen and two federal police officers, the government said.

Gunmen blocked roads and ambushed police patrols in at least six different areas of Michoacan on Tuesday, the interior department said in a statement.

The department said federal agents repelled the attacks, killing 20 and wounding an unknown number of assailants. Two police officers died in the shootouts and 15 were wounded, it said.

Fighting between the Knights Templar drug cartel and federal police has been intensifying over the past week in western Mexico. At least four police officers have been killed in shootouts with gunmen in Michoacan since Thursday.

On Monday, five people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a group of community self-defence members gathered on a plaza in the Michoacan town of Los Reyes.

About 300 masked community vigilantes wearing similar T-shirts arrived at city hall in Los Reyes and announced they would take over policing the town. Minutes later three assailants opened fired on the crowd, killing three members of the self-defence group, a police officer and a passer-by, prosecutors said.

Self-defence squads have been set up in recent months in Michoacan by people who say they are fighting violence, kidnappings and extortions carried out by drug cartels”.

Los Reyes is just south of Sahuayo where I live. I need to buy a newspaper this morning and talk to a few people to find out more.

To read more of the story – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/24/mexico-violence-22-dead-michoacan

PS – Did any of this show up in the US papers or on cable news?

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