Mexican vigilantes overrun 8 towns over security fears

Armed men on the side of a road in Mexico. Credit: APTN

Vigilante groups have taken over eight towns in southern Mexico, in an attempt to provide citizens with protection from organised crime.

Armed men stop cars on a road in Mexico. Credit: APTN

About 500 armed men spread out in the state of Guerrero on Friday, setting up check points along the Mexico-Acapulco highway where they stopped drivers.

The men are members of a vigilante "self-defence" group and believe the Mexican government has failed to provide adequate protection for its people.