Cartel Tried to Extort a Town, but the Town Fought Back, Officials Say

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At least 14 people were killed in a clash between the gunmen and members of a small farming community in central Mexico, an episode that the state authorities cast as a gang extortion attempt that backfired.

A​ clash between gunmen and members of a small farming community in central Mexico has left at least 14 people dead, the state authorities said Saturday, casting the violence as a gang extortion attempt that backfired when residents fought back.

Officials said the dead from the clash on Friday included four locals in the community, the town of Texcapilla, and 10 people suspected of being cartel members; seven other people were injured and more remained missing.

Delfina Gómez, the governor of the State of Mexico, where Texcapilla is, said Saturday morning at a news conference that she had asked for security to be reinforced in the region.

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Source: NY Times