[GOOD FOR THEM!]
- ‘Community police’ arrest former director of security in Tierra Colorado
- They allege he took part in killing of their leader, 28, for criminal cartel
- State prosecutors agree to investigate official’s links to organised crime
- Vigilantes have been stopping traffic at checkpoints and searching homes
- Tourist injured after vigilantes opened fire because he failed to stop his car
- Takeover comes amid growing ‘self defence’ movement against cartels
Thousands of armed vigilantes have taken over a town in Mexico and arrested police officers after their ‘commander’ was killed and dumped in the street.
The self described ‘community police’ and arrested 12 officers and the town’s former director of public security, who they accuse of taking part in the killing of Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal, 28, on behalf of a local organised crime group.
The 1,500-strong force has also set up improvised checkpoints on the major road running through Tierra Colorado, which connects the capital Mexico City to Acapulco, a coastal city popular with tourists less than 40 miles away.
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Takeover: A group of around 1,500 armed vigilantes have seized control of Tierra Colorado in Mexico this week
Checkpoints: The ‘community police’ have been stopping traffic on a main road to the capital Mexico City
A tourist heading to the beach with relatives for the Easter weekend was injured on Tuesday after the vigilantes opened fire on his car because he refused to stop at a roadblock.
The takeover comes amid a growing movement of ‘self defence’ groups in the region, which claim to be fighting against drug cartels.