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Gunmen clash in southern Mexico; 8 die

September 7, 2013

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Police in Mexico say two groups of gunmen have clashed in a city near the resort of Acapulco, leaving eight men dead.

Spokesman for Guerrero state prosecutors Jorge Valdes says a shootout erupted Friday in the outskirts of Coyuca de Benitez between two groups of men allegedly working for rival drug cartels.

Although authorities would not say which gangs are behind the shootout, the Pacific coastal area has suffered a wave of violence as self-defense groups have sprouted up to battle the Knights Templar cartel.

Communities have accused the Knights Templar of carrying out killings and kidnappings, which they say justifies vigilante justice. But authorities say some of the self-defense groups are supported by the rival Jalisco New Generation, also fighting the Knights Templar.

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