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Vigilantes make show of force before leaving Mexican town

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Chilpancingo, Mexico, Mar 28 (EFE).- The vigilante group that occupied Tierra Colorada made a show of force before pulling out of the town in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

Officials agreed to remove the police chief of the town of 20,000 in response to demands from the self-defense group.

Hundreds of armed men pulled out of the town on Wednesday about 24 hours after taking control of Tierra Colorada and detaining 12 police officers and six civilians.

Guerrero Attorney General Martha Elva Garzon agreed to investigate the killing of Guadalupe Quiñonez, the vigilante group's leader, and find those responsible.

Quiñonez's murder is "a challenge from organized crime against us," Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, leader Bruno Placido said.

The vigilante group in Tierra Colorada, which belongs to UPOEG, on Tuesday night released 12 officers and six civilians it had taken hostage in the town after cutting a deal with prosecutors.

Early Tuesday, hundreds of armed members of the self-defense group took control of Tierra Colorada, a town of 20,000 located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Pacific resort of Acapulco.

UPOEG, whose members are armed and wear hoods, was created in January in the towns of Ayutla de los Libres, Teconoapa and San Marcos to protect residents.

The self-defense group controls access to the communities and polices them to fight crime.

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