Angry Villagers Seize Control Of Town In Southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (November 3, 2012)--Mexican authorities say they are close to striking a deal to provide more security for a southern town where angry villagers seized control after a taxi driver was kidnapped and killed.

Olinala Mayor Eusebio Gonzalez said the takeover began Saturday after about 100 people stormed a house where the four presumed kidnappers were hiding and killed the suspects by burning the building.

He said nearly 700 residents are taking turns policing entry into the town by barricading streets and installing checkpoints.

Gonzalez said Friday that the taxi driver's killing was the latest in a series of violent attacks.

He said Olinala residents are demanding more protection from criminal gangs.

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