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<p>A group of armed vigilantes stand at the entrance to the town of Tierra Colorada, Mexico, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of this town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week</p>

A group of armed vigilantes stand at the entrance to the town of Tierra Colorada, Mexico, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of this town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week

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Mexico legalizes vigilantes, nabs cartel leader

Mexico essentially legalized the country's growing "self-defense" groups Monday, while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which the vigilante groups have been fighting for the last year.