MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Twelve people believed to be members of a self-defense group were killed in the western Gulf Coast state of Veracruz and their bodies dumped on a dirt road, local authorities said on Monday.
The area is about 363 kilometers (225.5 miles) south of the port city of Veracruz, the state capital.
Cuitlahuac Garcia, the Governor of Veracruz, said initial reports indicate a split in one such self-defense group led to the violence.
Authorities often accuse self-defense groups of being criminal organizations, or having deep ties with certain cartels.
In the first 11 months of last year, Veracruz was the eighth most violent state in Mexico, with 1,320 homicides recorded, according to federal authorities.
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