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Mexico rights body warns of vigilantes growth

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's human rights body says the government shouldn't be allowing the formation of vigilante groups in some parts of Mexico where people have risen up to battle drug gangs. It says they could lead to more violence and undermine the rule of law.

The National Human Rights Commission says it has detected at least 7,000 members of armed self-defense groups in just the southern state of Guerrero where its workers conducted interviews.

Vigilante groups were noted in more than half of Guerrero's municipalities, and commission president Raul Plascencia said Tuesday that it has received reports of similar bands in 10 other Mexican states.

He says such groups are illegal, but he says authorities have brought on the problem by failing to protect residents in drug-ravaged areas.

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