MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Vigilantes belonging to a "self-defense" movement have taken over another town in the Mexican state of Michoacan amid confrontations that left two people dead and three wounded.
State prosecutor's spokeswoman Magdalena Guzman says the clash took place in a hamlet near the town of Tancitaro, which vigilantes took over Saturday in a bid to kick out the western state's dominant drug cartel.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the dead are vigilantes or gunmen of the Knights Templar cartel.
The Michoacan state government said that police and prosecutors had been sent to Tancitaro after "self defense" patrol members from two nearby towns took over its town hall and main square.
Residents in about a half-dozen Michoacan towns have risen up since February to shake off the dominance of the cartel.