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Fourteen killed in bomb blast on Pakistani train

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Fourteen passengers were killed and about 50 wounded on Tuesday when militants bombed a train in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, hospital sources and officials said. The blast came a day after Pakistani security forces said they had killed 30 separatist militants in one of the biggest clashes in months in the gas-rich province.

Mexican vigilantes celebrate first anniversary

Hundreds of vigilantes marched in western Mexico on Monday with rifles slung over their shoulders to commemorate the first anniversary of their uprising against a cult-like drug cartel. Around 800 people attended a mass held on a former altar that had been built by the pseudo-religious Knights Templar gang in La Ruana, one of the first towns to take up arms in the state of Michoacan on February 24, 2013.

15 Bodies found in western Mexico

Mexico City, Feb 21 (EFE).- A clandestine grave near the western Mexican metropolis of Guadalajara holds at least 15 bodies, the Jalisco state Attorney General's Office said Friday. The grave lies 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from the intersection of two highways in the Guadalajara suburb of Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, the AG's office said in a statement. Authorities found the clandestine burial site thanks to information that emerged following the arrest of Geronimo Ibarra Alcaraz, 23, a suspected drug trafficker.

Kidnapped Mexican journalist found dead

A Mexican journalist kidnapped in Veracruz state last week has been found dead along with two other corpses in a clandestine grave, a justice official said Tuesday. Gregorio Jimenez de la Cruz was discovered in the Choapas municipality of the eastern Mexican state, said Enoc Maldonado, head of criminal investigations in Veracruz. Four suspects in the case have already been arrested, he added.

Seven adults, two children shot to death in Guatemala jungle

By Mike McDonald GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Nine people including a baby and a young girl were killed on Saturday in an attack on their home in a dense jungle region in northern Guatemala known to be a hotly contested drug-trafficking territory, officials said. Twenty men stormed the house early on Saturday morning, shooting dead six adults, a 5-year-old girl and a 3-month-old baby girl in a small farming village in the department of Peten, some 230 miles northeast of the capital city.

Mexico anti-drug militias return land to villagers

Mexican vigilante militias battling drug-traffickers in the restive state of Michoacan said Thursday they had returned several hundred acres of land seized from villagers by the notorious Knights Templar cartel. The symbolic handover of some 654 acres (265 hectares) of land, which included many avocado and lemon orchards, took place in the village square of Tancitaro in the Michoacan highlands.

Federal forces regain some ground in troubled Michoacan

Federal police and army troops said they had 17 cities and towns in western Mexico under control Wednesday after seizing a drug cartel's bastion and clashing with vigilantes. Thousands of troops and police held their ground in the Michoacan state cities of Apatzingan (population 120,000), seen as a bastion of the Knights Templars cartel, Uruapan (315,000) and Mugica (45,000). "These are strategic points" since the government has "intelligence showing that organized crime groups operate out of them," said Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

Federal forces regain some ground in troubled Michoacan

Federal police and army troops said they had 17 cities and towns in western Mexico under control Wednesday after seizing a drug cartel's bastion and clashing with vigilantes. Thousands of troops and police held their ground in the Michoacan state cities of Apatzingan (population 120,000), seen as a bastion of the Knights Templars cartel, Uruapan (315,000) and Mugica (45,000). "These are strategic points" since the government has "intelligence showing that organized crime groups operate out of them," said Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

Federal forces regain some ground in troubled Michoacan

Federal police and army troops had three cities in western Mexico under control Wednesday after seizing a drug cartel's bastion and clashing with vigilantes refusing to disarm. Thousands of troops and police held their ground in the Michoacan state cities of Apatzingan (population 120,000), seen as a bastion of the Knights Templars cartel, Uruapan (315,000) and Mugica (45,000). "These are strategic points" since the government has "intelligence showing that organized crime groups operate out of them," said Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

Federal forces regain some ground in troubled Michoacan

Mexican federal police and army troops had three cities in the country's west under control Wednesday after seizing a drug cartel's bastion and clashing with vigilantes refusing to disarm. Thousands of troops and police held their ground in the Michoacan state cities of Apatzingan (population 120,000), seen as a bastion of the Knights Templars cartel, Uruapan (315,000) and Mugica (45,000). "These are strategic points" since the government has "intelligence showing that organized crime groups operate out of them," said Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.
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