Note from Chivis:
Excelsior broke this story at noon Friday, Unofficially reporting of more than five people being killed, including soldiers and members of the armed group, revealed a federal government source to Excelsior newspaper. Although the newspaper reported a 'leader' was killed, it did not name which leader of Knights Templar died though some blogs are speculating it is Dionisio Plancarte aka el Tio from los Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) see photo below on left. At this point it is conjecture by a couple of narco blogs, as it could very well be a lower level leader my sense is that it is more likely not him than is, but I wanted readers to know what the buzz is but present the information with a big qualifier. Noteworthy is none of the reliable regional media outlets or blogs in Michoacán are reporting the story, they have however reported two clashes in Apatzingan that resulted in deaths.
Morelia, Michoacán, March 15. - An alleged leader “jefe de la plaza” of the cartel group known as Knights Templar, died early Friday after clashing with elements of the Mexican Army in the vicinity of the Alcalde community in the municipality of Apatzingan , Michoacán .
The death toll could exceed 5 between soldiers and members of the armed group , a federal government source reported to Excelsior.
According to police corporations, versions confirmed by state, a convoy of three military vehicles crossed gaps of Tierra Caliente around 2 in the morning and found themselves faced with armed civilians aboard SUV trucks.
They were ordered to disarm but far from obeying the order of the soldiers they fired their weapons, thereby a shootout commenced.
In the conflict men were killed on both sides, so far the death toll has not been given.. Military forces made a strong security operation in the area but have not given details on the facts.