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Police detain 4 men after land rights activist found slain in Mexican state of Morelos

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MEXICO CITY — Four men have been taken into custody as suspects in the killing of a land rights activist in the state of Morelos, Mexican authorities said Thursday.

Alejandro Salgado Delgado of the Popular Revolutionary Front had disappeared Tuesday in the eastern part of the state after a meeting with area residents.

PHOTO: Friends and relatives of activist Alejandro Salgado Delgado carry the coffin containing his remains, in a funeral procession, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Police have detained four men suspected of involvement in the killing of Salgado, a land rights activist from the state of Morelos. An official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said Salgado’s body was found decapitated and with severed hands. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera)
Friends and relatives of activist Alejandro Salgado Delgado carry the coffin containing his remains, in a funeral procession, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Police have detained four men suspected of involvement in the killing of Salgado, a land rights activist from the state of Morelos. An official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said Salgado’s body was found decapitated and with severed hands. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera)

The Morelos state government said in a statement Thursday that the four suspects appeared to be members of the same organization and had differences with Salgado.

An official who insisted on not being quoted by name because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case said Salgado's body was found decapitated and with severed hands.

The Popular Revolutionary Front blamed the state government, suggesting the killing was meant to intimidate the group. It said Salgado had defended land rights in the state.

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