11 killed in armed conflict in central Mexico

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At least 11 people died Friday in the municipality of Texcaltitlan in the State of Mexico, as a result of a confrontation between an armed group and community residents, the state security secretariat said.

Authorities said in a statement that eight of the dead were allegedly members of the armed group, and the other three were residents.

Local media reported that the conflict was caused by a collection of “land rights,” a common practice of extortion in Latin America.

The shooting allegedly followed a failed negotiation, in which the criminal suspects sought to raise the amount they charged the residents, according to local media outlet Milenio.

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