ROCK-N-ROLL: Huge Shootout as Citizens Take on Mexican Drug Cartel

Gunfire and firefights erupted in western Mexico on Sunday as hundreds of vigilantes pressed forward in their fight over territory with a drug cartel, as Mexico’s top security officials prepared to make yet another effort to try to stop the violence.

Members of so-called ‘self-defense groups’ entered the town of Nueva Italia on a campaign they say is designed to liberate towns from the control of the Knights Templar cartel.

Opponents and critics say the vigilantes are backed by a rival cartel, however the groups vehemently deny any connection.

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State Government official Fausto Vallejo gave a brief statement on the issue, saying he has formally asked the federal government for more help to quell the violence, and announced a meeting on Monday in the state capital to lay out a strategy to reclaim the peace.

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