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Besieged Mexican town cheers arrival of soldiers

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LA RUANA, Mexico (AP) -

Residents of a western Mexico town who endured months besieged by a drug cartel are cheering the arrival of hundreds of Mexican soldiers.

   People in La Ruana in Michoacan state lined the main road Monday to greet more than a dozen troop transports and heavily armed Humvees with applause and cheers.

   La Ruana's supplies had been blocked by the Knights Templars cartel, which declared war on the hamlet after residents formed self-defense squads and drove the cartel out of the town.

   On Monday, the leader of the self-defense movement agreed to stop community patrols and let the army take over security in La Ruana. But Hipolito Mora says the community will keep its weapons and resume patrolling if the army leaves

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