Drivers are checked by security forces in Chilapa. Drivers are checked by security forces in Chilapa.

Families return after guarantees of safety

Chilapa residents had been threatened with death if they didn't leave

At least 80 families have returned to their homes in three communities in Chilapa, Guerrero, after fleeing gang war violence last week.

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They went back to Tepozcuautla, Ahuihuiyuco and Tetitlán de la Lima after Governor Héctor Astudillo assured them on Tuesday that it was safe to do so.

The governor acknowledged that the situation was delicate but he had had discussions with the mayor of Chilapa and National Defense officials about increasing security efforts in the region.

The violence is due to a territorial conflict between two warring gangs, Los Rojos and Los Ardillos.

Armed men warned residents last week they would be killed if they didn’t leave by Friday. To reinforce their message they left two dismembered bodies in the principal entrance to the town of Ahuihuiyuco.

Hundreds of people soon left.

But many returned yesterday after the Army and state police offered guarantees for their safety and the assurance that the gangsters would be arrested.

A state security spokesman said three bases have been established in Chilapa from which security forces will conduct operations.

Some 20 families have not yet returned, presumably unconvinced by the assurances of authorities.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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