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Mexican federal authorities failed to deliver on a promise of cooperation in defending communities in the western state of Michoacan from the depredations of a powerful drug cartel.

Militia members clashed with gunmen from the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) gang in several parts of the municipality of Paracuaro, per a spokesman for the self-defense group.

The federal forces deployed in Michoacan since Jan. 13 with a mission to end the strife did not support the militias in Paracuaro even though the vigilantes told them they were on the trail of a Templarios leader, Estanislao Beltran said.

He also complained that militia representatives were excluded from Michoacan Gov. Fausto Vallejo’s meeting with local officials and businesspeople to discuss the security situation.

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