Clashes in violent western Mexico state call government's security strategy into question

January 10, 2015 7:15 PM

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Clashes in violent western Mexico state call government's security strategy into question

Federal police patrol in Apatzingan in Michoacan state, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Confrontations in Apatzingan began Tuesday when federal forces moved in to take control of city hall, which had been held for days by civilians whose demands and identities were unclear, according to Michoacan state Commissioner Alfredo Castillo. The second clash came when gunmen attacked soldiers who were transporting the seized vehicles to an impound lot, Castillo said. However, family members and witnesses tell a different story, one with a higher death toll. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (The Associated Press)

Mourners lower the coffin of shooting victim in Apatzingan, Michoacan state, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Confrontations in Apatzingan began Tuesday when federal forces moved in to take control of city hall, which had been held for days by civilians whose demands and identities were unclear, acco...

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