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Mexican forces clash with vigilantes

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NUEVA ITALIA, Mexico — The Mexican military and vigilantes clashed early today as soldiers tried to disarm groups who say they are fighting a local crime cartel.

A spokesman for the vigilantes said the military opened fire on civilians and killed four people, including an 11-year-old girl. But the Attorney General’s Office said it could not confirm any casualties.

The government sent troops to retake an area known as the Tierra Caliente after days of violence between the so-called self-defense…

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