Banners appeared in Michoacan Thursday morning announcing a previously unknown criminal organization denominating themselves the Templars.
The messages, found in Morelia and Apatzingán, are very similar to those used by La Familia Michoacana, which announced its alleged breakup in January.
The messages, addressed to the citizens of Michoacan, read:
To the People of Michoacan:
We inform you, that as of today, we will be performing the duties previously realized by la Familia Michoacana.
We will be at the service of the people of Michoacan to handle any situation that undermines their integrity.
Our commitment to society is to preserve order, prevent thefts, kidnappings, extortions, and protect the State from possible interventions by rival organizations.
According to reports from the State Preventative Police, two banners were found in Apatzingán and at least five others in the Michoacan state capital of Morelia.
The authenticity of the banners, at this time, has not been confirmed.
Sources: Grupo Reforma