A soldier inspects a weapon handed over by a female municipal police officer in Apatzingan January 14, 2014. Military personnel proceeded to disarm local police officers and register each firearm and ... more 
A soldier inspects a weapon handed over by a female municipal police officer in Apatzingan January 14, 2014. Military personnel proceeded to disarm local police officers and register each firearm and the names of the officers who were in charge of each weapon, according to local media. Vigilante groups battling a powerful drug cartel in a troubled region of Mexico on Tuesday rejected a government call to lay down their arms, raising the risk of a serious security challenge to President Enrique Pena Nieto. On Monday, Mexico's interior ministry ordered the heavily armed vigilantes to stop fighting the Knights Templar drug gang in the western state of Michoacan, where violent confrontations have converged on the city of Apatzingan in the last few days. Apatzingan is considered a stronghold of the Knights Templar, and over the past week, so-called self-defense groups have pushed to take control of surrounding towns and villages. REUTERS/Alan Ortega (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW MILITARY DRUGS SOCIETY) less 
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Tue, Jan 14, 2014 11:44 PM EST