Officials: 10 killed in rural Mexican town

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Associated Press

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials say 10 people have been found shot to death in a rural area in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

The state prosecutor's office said the group of men and women were found slain Sunday afternoon by soldiers responding to reports of a shooting in San Pablo Oriente, a village near Guerrero's border with Michoacan state.

The Knights Templar cartel, which controls much of Michoacan, has been fighting rivals along its borders with other states including Guerrero, where a variety of smaller cartels control drug-smuggling and other criminal activities.

Officials in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa said four municipal police offers and three civilians were found shot to death Monday morning in the southern town of El Rosario. Officials said the seven had been kidnapped on Sunday night.

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