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Gunmen Take Over Mexico Town

MEXICO / 16 MAY 2011 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

An armed gang has overrun the mayor's office in a northern Mexican town, reports Milenio.

According to the newspaper, seven men with long-range weapons reportedly appeared mid-afternoon on May 13 in Gran Morelos, Chihuahua. The gang patrolled in front of the former mayor's house, the police department and the town hall, shouting that they would kill those administrators who did not leave the municipality, reports Blog del Narco.

The current mayor of Gran Morelos has never technically assumed office. He reportedly found refuge in the United States after receiving threats against his life

The town, population approximately 3,000, is based in the state that sees Mexico's highest rate of federal casaulties. Chihuahua is also a long-time stronghold of the Sinaloa Cartel

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