Firefight in western Mexico as vigilantes advance

January 12, 2014 7:59 PM

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State Gov. Fausto Vallejo gave a brief statement Sunday saying he had formally asked the federal government for more help to quell the violence. He announced a meeting Monday in the capital to lay out a strategy to reclaim the peace.

Hundreds of vigilantes drove into Nueva Italia late Sunday morning in a caravan of large trucks, then surrounded the city hall and disarmed local police. An Associated Press journalist witnessed citizens initially welcoming them.

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