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Government spokesman Tomas Zeron de Lucio (at podium) speaks to the media as a screen displays composite photos of Enrique Plancarte, a leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, during a news conference at the interior ministry in Mexico City April 1, 2014. Mexican security forces killed Plancarte in an operation in the western state of Michoacan, security officials said. The composites displayed show comparisons between pictures of Plancarte when he was alive and after he was killed.

Mexican security forces kill Michoacan cartel leader

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican security forces killed a leader of the violent Knights Templar drug cartel on Monday, officials said.

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The cartel has created a major security problem for President Enrique Pena Nieto in the western state of Michoacan, where it has been fighting vigilante groups.

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