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Vigilante force in Acapulco hunts down criminals

 

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Armed residents -- community police -- take part in an operation to search for criminals in the village of Xaltianguis, Acapulco municipality, April 2, in the southwestern State of Guerrero, Mexico.

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Hundreds of civilians armed with rifles, pistols and machetes decided to provide security for the communities of Guerrero, Mexico, creating a vigilante force to stop gangs that are committing robberies, kidnappings and murders. Guerrero, home to the Pacific resort town of Acapulco, has been one of the hardest hit by Mexico's drug violence, which has left more than 70,000 people dead across the country since 2006.

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Pedro Pardo / AFP - Getty Images

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